Cory Combs | Postcards from California

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Postcards from California

by Cory Combs

An eclectic romp into the realm of the solo fretless bass, ranging from funky to minimalist with a twist of humor and nostalgia thrown in.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Rubber Band
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2. Return to Sender
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3. Descendo a Serra
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4. Tomorrow is the Question
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5. Wind Up Bird
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6. Red River Valley
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7. On Too Long
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8. West Wind
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9. Segura Ele
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10. Postcards from California
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11. Crossing Currents
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12. Shattered Bread Knife
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13. On Too Long Reprise
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14. Foreign Postmark
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15. Wade in the Water
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16. Tell Me Something Good
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Album Notes
Real Reviews:
"I heard a "road movie" in "Postcards from California."  Nothing is sung, and nothing is conveyed through a song lyric.  Not at all necessary, for what Cory Combs has to convey about life, loss and loneliness, he says with his electric bass."

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Karen McClain

A rare treat
After listening to this CD, I feel as if I have journeyed to distant places both known and unknown. Cory Combs unique ability to make very difficult tunes seem effortless is a testament to his virtuosity. It would seem that he is also a gifted writer. I was deeply touched by the liner notes concerning his motivation to produce this CD. The words lead seamlessly to the music, and allow a listening experience that is enormously moving and enjoyable. Congratulations to the artist!

Minh Jeffrey A. Le

Totally unique, special and a whole new era of music
This is by far the best CD I've ever heard. This will turn out to be a wonderful seller and I hope that people everywhere can hear it. I truely recommend this CD to everyone. This CD rocks dude!!


This artist rocks. I love listening to basses play and this is byfar the best man. I got to meet this artist.


Cory Combs definately has an original, gorgeous, bass sound.
Cory's playing is filled with heart, finesse and virtuosity. I was especially moved his sense of musicality/timing in tracks 2,5,7,8,10,12, 14 and 16. He really captures a killer bass sound throughout this CD which ranges from gorgeous mellow to downright funky. He is a huge talent and I look forward to hearing more from him.

the beatnik

You don't have to be a bass-geek to ride on this!
…or any peculiar kind of person for that matter. The edgy playing is from the gut while being executed with mellifluous virtuosity. Cory’s ego-less approach to music and mastery of technique combine on “Postcards” to form a symbiotic relationship that’s a blast to experience over and over. You dig?


Mellow, thoughtful, fun, all in one (great CD)
A friend sent me this CD and thought I'd like it. I didn't just like it, I love it! The whole CD has a nice overall mood, and I keep listening to it again and again, each time hearing something new. The first track is my favorite, but I also love what he does with Red River Valley. Very accessible, some songs are playful, some songs are reflective, and some songs seem to have story-like qualities. Highly recommendable.

Liana and Nicole

cory combs his hair
wow cory is so cool but class is over and he's talking about testing which is no fun at all... :-( he's not giving the test though so he's still combs his hair!! this cd is sooo good! he's so good at er... bass!! yes that's it! okay bye! BUY THIS CD IT'S REALLY GOOD!! -Liana and Nicole


Great surprise
Looking for tracks by Ornette Coleman I came across this CD by C. Combs, who was totally unfamiliar to me. I bought it anyway and I'm very glad I did. The music is very lyrical and by listening you can really picture Californian landscapes. If you are up to a nice surprise and you like melodious jazz then give it a try!

Drew Waters

Flawless execution of challenging passages and the inclusion of space are finely
When I first listened to “ Postcards from California,” I heard quintessential fretless electric bass tone, tasteful reverb and beautiful mixing. I was immediately engaged.
Every piece shows taste and maturity beyond the composer’s years. Flawless execution of challenging passages and the inclusion of space are finely balanced. Combs’ organic solos are extensions of the melodies rather than opportunities for technical narcissism.
I soon realized that this album isn’t about the electric bass as much as it is about music: Combs writes and plays only the most essential notes. His compositions and arrangements are elegantly structured.
As an electric bassist, I was inspired by this album. I highly recommend buying this album and supporting this gifted performer/composer.
Drew Waters. Ph.D.


A CD for musicians and we who wish we were.
Cory Combs is a consumate musician who happens to favor the bass. This CD is accessible, fun, and funky. His originals are complex and catchy, and his cover of "Tell Me Something Good" is fantastic! Can't wait for the follow up album.
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