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Golia, Vinny

Low and Inside; (Close Call Anyway...) Music for Baritone Saxophone

Golia, Vinny: Low and Inside; (Close Call Anyway...) Music for Baritone Saxophone (Nine Winds)

Multi-reedist Vinny Golia focuses on the baritone sax and the tubax (contrabass sax) in this spectacular album performed with his octet of Ken Filiano, Brian Walsh, Gavin Templeton, Dan Rosenboom, George McMullen, Alex Noyce, and Matt Mayhall.

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product information:

UPC: 616892108863

Label: Nine Winds
Catalog ID: 299
Squidco Product Code: 16277

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded by Jon Baffa on May 20th, 2009 at Roy O Disney Hall, California Institute of the Arts.


Vinny Golia-baritone saxophone, tubax

Gavin Templeton-alto saxophone

Dan Rosenboom-trumpet

George McMullen-trombone, bass trombone

Alex Noyce-electric guitar, effects

Ken Filiano-acoustic bass, effects

Matt Mayhall-drums

Brian Walsh-e-flat and bass clarinet

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track listing:

1. The Return Of The Post Marathon Man 6:54

2. Prolouge 1:00

3. Mr And Mrs Sam Wells Check Into The Hotel In Bombay 6:36

4. You Don'tLike Beethoven 8:29

5. And These People Drive Too! (Subterranean) 8:19

6. Velature 9:43

7. Answer; Coined The Word Boheeka 9:20

8. Attack Of The People Named Frank Johnson 7:42

9. An Anticipation Of Only Catasrophe 9:06

10. Swing Plane 8:23
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"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 releases later, Nine Winds is still on the cutting edge, still exposing adventurous musicians to discerning listeners.

Golia has been making terrific records for eons, but even amongst his excellent catalog, Music For Baritone Saxophone is a highlight achievement.

For starters, the octet assembled is loaded with virtuoso players interpreting very creative music with exquisite arrangements. Somehow Golia has managed to produce one of his most accessible records in years without compromising a bit on his originality.

Due to a snafu in the CD printing, e-flat and bass clarinetist Brian Walsh was left off the octet personnel in the liner notes; unfortunate, because he's one of the reasons this disc works so well. The brass section of Dan Rosenboom on trumpet and George McMullen on trombone are key-especially Rosenboom, who gets the lion-share of solo space. An intriguing component is Alex Noyce on electric guitar. He favors a John McLaughlin type overdriven tone on much of this album, circa Inner Mounting Flame (Columbia, 1970). He knows how to ramp up the tension, and, amazingly, his rock-ish timbre fits perfectly with the horns. Gavin Templeton on alto saxophone gets a good deal of improv time-he's got an updated sense of Eric Dolphy in his performances. The veteran Ken Filiano is never less than compelling on doublebass, and Matt Mayhall on drums is fiery and disruptive in the best possible sense-he keeps this music surging forward.

Golia himself redefines the notion of what is possible on the baritone saxophone, and, on several cuts, takes that one step further on his custom-made Tubax, a refinement of the contrabass saxophone. His solos on either one have all the fluidity and acceleration of much smaller horns-there's never an urge to describe either as "lumbering," because in his hands they are not. On "And These People Drive Too!" Golia's Tubax hits the ground running with long, quicksilver lines that dart from low to high with astonishing precision The full band enters at about the 4:00 mark, after a crisp drum solo. Rosenboom's, tart, clarion-call trumpet emerges, expands, then yields to a distorted, caterwauling guitar solo. Throughout, the horn ensemble wraps Anthony Braxton-esque counterpoint around the soloists. [...]

Anyone who appreciates tight, creative ensemble work and virtuosic soloing should give Music For Baritone Saxophone a listen. Golia is something of a baseball enthusiast, hence the album subtitle: Low and Inside; (close call anyway...).To carry the baseball metaphor one step further, on this masterpiece, Golia swings for the fences...and clears them."-Robert Bush, All About Jazz

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Artist Biographies:

"As a composer Vinny Golia (born March 1, 1946) fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. Also a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Mr. Golia has won numerous awards as a composer, including grants from The National Endowment of the Arts, The Lila Wallace Commissioning Program, The California Arts Council, Meet the Composer,Clausen Foundation of the Arts, Funds for U.S. Artists and the American Composers Forum. In 1982 he created the on-going 50 piece Vinny Golia Large Ensemble to perform his compositions for chamber orchestra and jazz ensembles.

A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny's recordings have been consistently picked by critics and readers of music journals for their yearly "ten best" lists. In 1990 he was the winner of the Jazz Times TDWR award for Bass Saxophone. In 1998 he ranked 1st in the Cadence Magazine Writers & Readers Poll and has continually placed in the Downbeat Critic's Poll for Baritone & Soprano Saxophone. In 1999 Vinny won the LA Weekly's Award for "Best Jazz Musician". Jazziz Magazine has also named him as one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. In 2006 The Jazz Journalists Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. As an educator Vinny has lectured on music & painting composition, improvisation, Jazz History, The History of Music in Film, CD & record manufacturing and self-production throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand and Canada. He currently teaches at California Institute of the Arts. In 1998 Golia was appointed Regent's Lecturer at the University of California at San Diego. In 2009 Vinny Golia was appointed the first holder of the Michel Colombier Performer Composer Chair at Cal Arts.

Vinny has been a featured performer with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry "the Hipster" Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennick, Lydia Lunch, Harry Sparrney and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others."

-Vinny Golia Website (

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"Ken Filiano performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken's solo bass CD, subvenire (NineWinds), received widespread critical praise. For this and numerous other recordings, Ken has been called a creative virtuoso, a master of technique ... a paradigm of that type of artist... who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind.

Ken composes for his quartet with Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, and Michael T.A. Thomspon; a collective with Attias and Tomas Ulrich; and for his decades-long collaborations with Steve Adams and Vinny Golia. His prolific output also includes performances and/or recordings with artists including Bonnie Barnett, Rob Blakeslee, Bobby Bradford, Taylor Ho Bynum, Roy Campbell, John Carter, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Connie Crothers, Mark Dresser, Ted Dunbar, Marty Ehrlich, Giora Feidman, Bob Feldman, Eddie Gale, Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Gonzalez, Lou Grassi, Phil Haynes, Fred Hess, Jason Hwang, Joseph Jarman, Sheila Jordan (with the Aardvark Orchestra), Raul Juarena, Joe Labarbera, Joelle Leandre, Frank London, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Tina Marsh, Warne Marsh, Dom Minasi, Hafez Modirzadeh, Butch Morris, Barre Phillips, Don Preston, Herb Robertson, Bob Rodriguez, Roswell Rudd, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Ursel Schlicht, Paul Smoker, Chris Sullivan, Peeter Uuskyla, Fay Victor, Biggi Vinkeloe, Kenny Wessel, Andrea Wolper, Pablo Ziegler. With Tomas Ulrich, Elliott Sharp, and Carlos Zingaro, he is a member of T.E.C.K. String Quartet.

Ken has been a guest lecturer, performer, and workshop leader at institutions in the United States and Europe. He earned a MM from Rutgers University and is currently on faculty at Mansfield University."- All About Jazz

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"Matt Mayhall is a drummer and composer based in Los Angeles. Like many instrumentalists on the L.A. scene, Matt has embraced a full range of musical pursuits. He's toured with The Both - a group with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo - since the release of their album in 2014. He's performed with Liz Phair, John Doe of X, Dar Williams, and Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles. Yet he's also played with an enviable list of jazz musicians, players like keyboardists Larry Goldings and Adam Benjamin, bassists Tim Lefebvre and Eric Revis, guitarist Anthony Wilson, and saxophonists Vinny Golia and Chris Speed.

For a number of years he was in Spain, the syncretic alt-country/slowcore group led by Josh Haden, son of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden. Matt has the distinction of being the drummer on Charlie Haden's final recorded performance, Spain's song "You And I." He can also be seen in the IFC television series Documentary Now! as a member of the fictitious soft-rock band The Blue Jean Committee, produced and led by Saturday Night Live veterans Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.

Over the past decade, Matt has employed this all-of-the-above strategy to great effect, and with that confirmation it's time for him to finally release an album of his own.

The album is called Tropes, and features some of Matt's musical kindred spirits: guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise, Brian Blade Fellowship), and bassist Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann, Allen Toussaint, Meshell Ndegeocello), with appearances by keyboardist Jeff Babko (Frank Ocean, Mark Guiliana's Beat Music), and tenor saxophonist Chris Speed (Human Feel, Claudia Quintet).

Matt wrote all of the music at the piano, which he admits is not an instrument he is entirely comfortable with. This was by design. "I didn't have an impulse to write anything flashy, heavily rhythmic, or 'drum-centric,'" he states. "I was really just taking direction and drawing inspiration from chord sequences and melodies I had come up with." But this is not to say drums are downplayed elsewhere; in fact, Matt has discovered innovative textures and beats, providing clarifying rhythmic context to his compositions.

The result is a set of moody and spacious instrumental pieces in which improvisational stretching is kept to a minimum or woven into the compositional forms, with Parker's guitar as the primary melodic and chordal instrument. While many of the songs employ the repetition of a set of chord changes, these vignettes offer much more than just an initial premise to begin soloing.

Tropes stands out as an important album for its place in time and geography, as Los Angeles is now being recognized as a viable alternative instrumental music scene. Innovation need not be contrived, and with Matt Mayhall's new album we have a sonically compelling glimpse into the power of self-introspection and honest curiosity as a means of moving forward artistically. Here's betting Tropes will be among the albums which represent and define our current and evolving musical climate."

-Matt Mayhall Website (

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