So, Golia has taken a series of new free improvisations and combined them with previous compositions for the contrabass saxophone not only to demonstrate, but also to enjoy the distinctive tone of the Tubax. The result is that A Gift For The Unusual enters the explorative territory for which Golia is known as he places the Tubax in difficult sonic environments. Initially, so enamored was Golia of the possibilities offered by the Tubax that he considered a solo album. But the benefits of variety prevailed. Golia’s predominant work on the Tubax is enhanced by his interplay with long-time associate, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, the bass-clef lines of Vlatkovich’s chatter on "Repetition" deepened even more. Astoundingly, Golia’s work on the Tubax is restrained only by the thematic confines of the compositions he wrote. On "Mr Amons Builds His Bridge," Golia investigates the punctuating effects of the Tubax as he responds to and then encourages the flourishes of hand percussion.
Part of the problem with the contra bassoon, besides its perceived association with chamber music and classical orchestra, is its inability to project volume with the power of a tuba or a saxophone. The Tubax, invented by Benedict Eppelsheim, takes care of that. Thus, Golia can provide an even wider range of dynamics on "The Mozart Of Vice" than he did on his earlier performance of the same song on bass saxophone. For contrast, he plays "Once Upon A Time On My Way To The Studio" with lowest-register playfulness while harmonica player Bill Barrett inhabits the opposite audio range as they work with and against each other in crafting the song’s delivery. One of the most interesting tracks, contained within an entire CD of interesting performances, is "Something I Thought Of," which consists of the overdubbing of five of Golia’s parts on the Tubax for a layered texture solely of Tubax threads interwoven. Golia’s gift for the unusual now extends to the introduction of the Tubax as a jazz instrument, and it will no doubt be adopted by other reed players who value its unusual but nonetheless arresting attributes for a broader means of expression than previously was available.