22 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Charming, sweet and uplifting. . .

Music Lover 731

With over 30 album releases, Ron Korb is famous for playing a wide variety of indigenous woodwinds from around the world and traditional western flutes as well. Having lived in Japan and being very fond of the culture and music, he has already released several Asian themed albums. Here in Asian Beauty, he offers us 22 delightful pieces. Charming, sweet and uplifting, this album is full of exotic oriental moods, both magical and energizing. Sure to please lovers of the flute and aficionados of Eastern music as well !

An Album of Lofty Design and Impeccable Execution

Russ Suereth

"Asia Beauty" is a wondrous collection of songs from an accomplished composer and flutist. Award-winning flautist Ron Korb is famous for playing a wide variety of indigenous woodwinds from around the world. His critically acclaimed music has been released in twenty countries on various record labels.

In "Asia Beauty", Mr. Korb plays a soulful melody above the accompanying instruments performed by musicians of the highest skills. His woodwind phrases are a wondrous statement to the important artists who came before him, and who mastered their craft like Mr. Korb has. This is an album of lofty design and impeccable execution. Well done Ron Korb.

A journey riding high on the tunes


On this record ASIA BEAUTY, Ron Korb gets an exquisite sound from his instruments, and he knows just how to build that sound into arrangements that tell the world about another part of the world. There’s so much warmth and comfort playing through on HANOI CAFÉ and HOUSE OF THE FIVE BEAUTIES. You feel a sense of ‘going there’ as PALACE GARDEN and THE REED CAVE play; it kind of takes you on a journey to an interesting land. JASMINE LULLABY is in the true essence of lullaby- calm, soothing. Wonderful music right through.

About Ron Korb

In addition to issuing several solo albums, flutist and composer Ron Korb has also lent his talents to motion picture soundtracks and other artists recordings. Of Japanese and Canadian heritage, Korb discovered his love of wind instruments from playing the recorder as a child and the flute in his teens, joining an Irish fife and drum band while still in high school and building a deep admiration for jazz music. After graduating with honors from the University of Toronto, Korb discovered a Chinese bamboo flute, which subsequently became his primary instrument of choice. Soon after, Korb recorded his debut album, 1990's Tear of the Sun, with tabla player Donald Quan, which led to Korb moving to Japan in the early '90s to study traditional flutes, where he also recorded his sophomore effort, 1993's Japanese Mysteries. Korb was then hired as a songwriter for the JCM publishing company in Tokyo, where a song he penned for singer Alan Tam became a huge hit and was selected as Best Original Composition by Radio and Television Hong Kong. Korb's interest with different kinds of flutes continued to grow, as his third album, 1994's Flute Traveller, contained 15 different flutes from around the world. For his next release, 1995's Behind the Mask, Korb penned a short story about Indonesian shadow puppet plays, which contained a wide variety of musical styles, including Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, calypso, and Celtic. Subsequently, Korb penned the music for the Mitra Sen film Just a Little Red Dot and the TV shows Legacy and Emily of New Moon, plus issuing further albums -- Taming the Dragon, Titanic: Odyssey, and Persian Arabesque, the latter credited to a band Korb formed with bassist Donald Quan and pianist Stephen Bacchus. Over the years, Korb has guested on recordings by such artists as Pat Clemence, Mychael Danna, Bruce Mitchell, and Bacchus, among others. ~ Greg Prato