Vinny Golia has recorded in many types of settings on his Nine Winds label, from unaccompanied solos to big-band recordings. Possibly the best setting for the multi-instrumentalist is in a two-horn quintet, where he has another lead voice to play off of, yet gets plenty of solo space for his many horns. On this fine album (consisting of six originals, including pieces dedicated to Bill Evans and Robert Mitchum), Golia mostly sticks to soprano and baritone in musical encounters with such familiar faces as trumpeter John Fumo, pianist Wayne Peet, bassist Ken Filiano, and drummer Alex Cline; the band could almost be called the Nine Winds All-Stars. Many moods are explored, and Golia shows how much he had grown as a player during the eight years since he started the label.
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