Vinny Golia / Marco Eneidi / Lisa Mezzacappa / Vijay Anderson: Hell-Bent In The Pacific (2012)
Even though all nine cuts are jointly credited to the quartet, the opening "Meteorites" suggests more focused intent than the average blow. After an urgent rumbling introduction, clarion blasts of roughhewn saxophone synchronicity pin the unsuspecting listener to the wall. Eneidi's repeated tumbling alto phrase acts as a touchstone for both him and Golia's snake charming sopranino. Sadly not everything can match this peak of intensity, excitement and purpose, as somewhat enigmatic atmospheric selections leaven the more brawny fare.
However, among the stronger numbers, Eneidi graces "Everything imaginable can be dreamed" with a fine statement in his thick treacley-toned alto vernacular, while Golia's chiseled tenor (the most expressive of the five reeds selected from his extensive arsenal) picks up pace to crest in a split-toned wail on "Prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present," only to make his peace then ascend once more. Anderson demonstrates that less can be more, as he carefully demarcates the use of his small kit. That approach is well illustrated on "Lop-sided heels and frayed shoes," where he utilizes just his toms in a tuneful cascade in tandem with Eneidi's throaty alto saxophone animations, while on "Catholic comstocking smut-hound" his pulsating clatter meshes pleasingly with Mezzacappa's muscular counterpoint, by way of introducing a brace of frenetic orations by the horns. While not consistently compelling, there is enough here to intimate that a session by Eneidi's Shattered threesome would be well worth hearing.
Track Listing: Meteorites; Inessential melancholies; Everything imaginable can be dreamed; Deformities and discords; Pendulum; Fumbling fulminations; Prisoner of a gaudy and unlivable present; Lop-sided heels and frayed shoes; Catholic comstocking smut-hound.
Personnel: Vinny Golia: tenor, soprano, sopranino saxophones, Bb and bass clarinets; Marco Eneidi: alto saxophone; Lisa Mezzacappa: acoustic bass; Vijay Anderson: drums.
Record Label: NoBusiness Records