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Vinny Golia Sextet: Trajectory

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Walking in the canyons of a big city like New York or in the old-growth forests of California Redwoods, it is almost impossible to acquire perspective. One cannot stand back far enough to take in the enormity of the scene. It is best to embrace the hugeness and enjoy the experience. The same can be said of Trajectory by The Vinny Golia Sextet. The two discs and sixteen tracks are the musical equivalent of Jonathan Swift's Brobdingnag, land of giants. ...

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Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse – Los Angeles, 1979

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If you were born yesterday, you can be forgiven for believing the West Coast jazz scene begins with Kamasi Washington. As with most things related to jazz, New York is the focus, with slight consideration of Chicago. The rich history of Los Angeles' creative community, including the early Ornette Coleman ensembles, Dexter Gordon, Horace Tapscott, Frank Morgan, Art Pepper, and modern players like Alex and Nels Cline, are rarely recognized by their geographic origins. Maybe this collective cluelessness ...

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Vinny Golia Quartet: featuring Bobby Bradford, Ken Filiano and Alex Cline: Take Your Time

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The third recording by this venerable Southern California ensemble yields an abundance of rewarding factors. First, it's a superbly recorded audio engineering process that adds to the depth and nuances of the program. Second, multi-woodwind artist Vinny Golia and his band mates hit their stride in prismatic fashion. Unbound by borders, the musicians' have helped formulate the West Coast musical aura, evidenced by the successful output of the Cryptogramophone and Golia's Nine Winds record labels, with a lineage ...

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The Vinny Golia Octet: Music for Baritone Saxophone

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Vinny Golia OctetMusic For Baritone SaxophoneNine Winds Records2011 Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia has been both the beacon and a touchstone for the West Coast free improvising community, particularly in Los Angeles, for over 30 years. Golia started his Nine Winds label in 1977, as a vehicle for distributing his own music, then expanded its mission statement around 1980 to document music from Canada to Mexico that wasn't being heard. Some 200 ...

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Vinny Golia: The San Diego Session; Mythology; Duets & Großes Messer

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Vinny Golia/Bertram TuretzkyThe San Diego SessionKadima Collective2009 Vinny Golia/Peter KowaldMythologyKadima Collective2009 Brad Dutz/Vinny GoliaDuetsself-published2009 Golia/Smith/WalterGroßes MesserugEXPLODE2009 Vinny Golia is a virtuoso at being a multi-instrumentalist. These four discs, presenting two duos with bassists, one with a drummer and ...

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Golia / Josephson / Kaiser / Keneally / Morris / Smith / Walter: Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler

Read "Healing Force: The Songs of Albert Ayler" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Saxophonist Albert Ayler was a restless genius. He was a ferocious improviser, extreme in his innovations, uncompromising in his approach. He could blend free improvisation with gospel fervor, or with the harmonic concept of a marching band. He did it all with unmitigated passion that made him a revered musician.

Ayler was accused of selling out when he released Love Cry (1967), New Grass (1968) and Music is the Healing Force of the Universe (1969)--all on Impulse!--on which ...

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Vinny Golia: Sfumato and Music for Like Instruments; The Clarinets

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Vinny Golia Quartet Sfumato Clean Feed 2005 Vinny Golia Music for Like Instruments; The Clarinets Nine Winds 2005

The increase in the number of recently released solo piano CDs could be a direct result of the popularity of the piano-less quartet. The Vinny Golia Quartet on Sfumato is just a little ...

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Vinny Golia: Music for Like Instruments: The Clarinets

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Quick, when was the last time you were confronted by a quintet of clarinets? Even in the wide-open world of creative jazz, who out there puts five black sticks in your ear and makes you like it? Yes, this is the latest installment of Vinny Golia's Music for Like Instruments series, and as with the others, he's aided by some of Southern California's leading up-and-comers. Brian Walsh, for instance, can be heard to good effect on recent releases by Harris ...

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The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble: 20th Anniversary Concert

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The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble 20th Anniversary Concert Nine Winds 2005

Vinny Golia continues to make history in Los Angeles with the release of this DVD, the first on his Nine Winds label. Shot on three cameras with excellent sound recording, the program features a good look at 36 of the West Coast's most gifted musicians laying it on the line. Alex Cline, Sara Schoenbeck, Jeff Kaiser, Jeff Gauthier, Jason Mears, Mike Vlatkovich... the ...

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Vinny Golia: One, Three, Two / A Gift for the Unusual / Music For Like Instruments; The Flutes

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Several years ago, the esteemed jazz critic Gary Giddins named Sonny Rollins' This Is What I Do his #1 album of the year. Among its many other merits, Giddins celebrated what he referred to as the record's “LP-ballpark length. “You can actually take it in in one sitting, Giddins wrote, adding, “How many 75-minute epics, excellent in sections, become wallpaper by the eighth nine-minute track? How many, indeed. My answer: most. Cases in point: three albums by ...

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Vinny Golia: A Gift for the Unusual: Music for Contrabass Saxophone

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West coast sax maven Vinny Golia brings out a set where he plays the tubax, a new type of contrabass saxophone designed by German inventor Benedict Eppelsheim. A standard contrabass saxophone is a rather unwieldly beast, often difficult to tame. Apparently, the tubax solves many of these shortcomings by being both a full-sounding and controllable instrument.

Right from the start, the opener finds the tubax often sounding like a contrabass clarinet, yet with a metallic and more powerful sound. Lasting ...

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Vinny Golia: Music for Like Instruments: The Flutes

Read "Music for Like Instruments: The Flutes" reviewed by Rex  Butters

The prolific Vinny Golia returns with a highly anticipated flute record. As with the other entries in the Music for Like Instruments series, Golia enlists his unit from the cream of the local scene, then directs them in the astonishing textural and technical realizations of his unique musical vision. His muscular webs of sound avoid flutistic sentimentality and reveal a power not commonly associated with flutistry.

“Lonely Michael opens the collection with the first of four tastes of the Wasabi ...


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