124

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

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Holly Hofmann / Mike Wofford: Live at Athenaeum Jazz, Volume 2 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.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Capri Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Wild CD/LP/Track Review The Wild
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 26, 2017
Read This Is Nate Najar CD/LP/Track Review This Is Nate Najar
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Joy Comes Back CD/LP/Track Review Joy Comes Back
by James Nadal
Published: February 26, 2017
Read Apocalypse CD/LP/Track Review Apocalypse
by Julian Derry
Published: February 26, 2017
Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Hush Point III" CD/LP/Track Review Hush Point III
by Budd Kopman
Published: January 8, 2017
Read "Conversations About Not Eating Meat" CD/LP/Track Review Conversations About Not Eating Meat
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 13, 2016
Read "Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package" CD/LP/Track Review Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "This Is Where I Live" CD/LP/Track Review This Is Where I Live
by James Nadal
Published: June 20, 2016
Read "Skyjack" CD/LP/Track Review Skyjack
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 24, 2016
Read "Back Where I Belong" CD/LP/Track Review Back Where I Belong
by James Nadal
Published: June 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!