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Woodwind specialist/improviser/composer and big bandleader Vinny Golia knows no bounds! Here, the highly esteemed California denizen performs a series of attractive duets with harpist Susan Allen on the aptly titled recording, Duets.
On this release, the maestro utilizes an arsenal of clarinets, flutes and saxophones or just about any wind instrument imaginable. Yet the duo often provides surreal soundscapes via contrasting dialogue amid a distinct sense of unity and unaffected beauty as Ms Allen’s nimble flurries and implied rhythms counterbalance Golia’s multifarious concepts.
Throughout, the twosome renders fluttering undercurrents and animated exchanges on pieces such as “Duet Number 2” where Golia, performing on flute, imparts dream laden textures, imbued voicings and circular passages atop Ms. Allen’s fluent lines, deterministic mode of execution and vivacious interaction.
Golia picks up the soprano sax on “Duet Number 4” as the musicians mesh chamber-esque themes with soulful harmonies, although Golia’s low register explorations on contrabassoon elicits imagery that could suggest the proverbial - man versus machine concept.
Overall, Duets is a comprehensive feast for the mind’s eye as this duo invites the listener to embark on a mystical yet vibrant journey that intertwines escapist musings with poetic improvisational speak!
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.