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Holly Hofmann / Mike Wofford: Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Volume 2

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San Diego isn't known as a jazz town in the same way New York or Chicago are, but this city in the southwest corner of the country has its fair share of fine venues for the music, and boasts some first rate artists as well.

One of the best places to hear San Diego jazz is the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library's Music Room, an intimate setting with no audience member more than twenty feet from the performers. On August 2006, two of San Diego's finest jazz musicians, flutist Holly Hofmann and pianist Mike Wofford, presented a duo performance resulting in Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Volume 2.

Hofmann's profile rose from her stint with the late bassist Ray Brown from the mid-1990s until 2002. Wofford has also played with Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Zoot Sims, Kenny Burrell, Chet Baker and Lee Konitz. The partners in marriage and music last paired on Hofmann's Minor Miracle (Capri Records, 2003), an excellent quartet set featuring bassist Peter Washington and drummer Victor Lewis.

The duo setting has a spaciousness about it, an intimacy. Wofford is a facile and versatile instrumentalist. The duo takes on Monk with "Introspection/Eronel," two tunes from Thelonious that aren't often heard; Pete Malinverni's twelve bar blues, "Twelve," Harold Arlen's "Out of This World," the Hofmann-penned and tango-ish "Presentimiento," and a Wofford composition, "Floof," taken from Hofmann's flub on the word flute during a recording session.

Hofmann plays alto flute on three numbers, adding its beautiful rich tone to her repertoire, sounding particularly gorgeous on the classic "If I Should Lose You."

Live at the Anthenaeum showcases the duo's first rate musicianship and vibrant in-the-moment creativity.

Track Listing: More Than You Know; Floof; Introspection; No Mercy; Twelve; Free Day; Out of This World; If I Should Lose You; Presentimento; Exactly Like You.

Personnel: Holly Hofmann: C and alto flutes; Mike Wofford: piano.

Title: Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Volume 2 | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Capri Records


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