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Saturday, May 05, 2012
Vinny Golia Quartet - Take Your Time (Relative Pitch, 2011)
Spiritual Unity vibe over the proceedings. Saxophone and bowed bass increase the tempo, each taking energy from the other. Trumpet and drums rejoin for a full on onslaught finish. Switching to soprano saxophone for "On the Steel", Golia and Bradford experiment with a choppy melody before breaking out into an improvised duet. All the band members are deeply engaged in the music and both Bradford and Golia get individual solos backed by articulate bass and drums. Bradford’s strong trumpet heralds “Welcome Home” where the band engages in a taut collective improvisation twisting and turning like a choreographed dance. A feeling of Ornette Coleman’s piano-less quartets pervades “Parambulist” with Golia’s flush tenor saxophone full of ideas and notions of space and time. Subtle drumming begins the lengthy performance “A Guy We All Used to Know” building to press the saxophonist and trumpeter to greater improvisatory heights. There is a strong collective feel to this performance filled with nervous and edgy energy. Golia’s tenor is set to broil with a lengthy blowout, well controlled and exciting. This was a very well done recording of an exciting band. All of the musicians are veterans with a lot of experience playing together and it shows in the thoughtful and mindful presentation. Take Your Time - amazon.com