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The Entire Time by Nels Cline & Vinny Golia

Guitarist Nels Cline & multi-wind & reedman Vinny Golia are two of the busiest improvisationalists in L.A; that's probably equally true in stylistic terms as in the amount of work they seem to get. Cline is a polymath who is equally effective playing songs written by Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, John Coltrane or his own free improvisations, while Golia works more or less exclusively in a free jazz vein. The two frequently are paired together in Golia's quartet/quintet or behind musicians like Bobby Bradford and Don Preston. Here the two old friends and musical partners engage in a series of open dialogs.

Of the nine tracks that make up The Entire Time, eight are completely improvised; "For Oliver Lake," a Cline composition dating back nearly thirty years, is the one exception. But though the other pieces may lack themes to resolve to, they are anything but formless. Cline and Golia develop several melodic ideas in the course of their exploitation, some pretty and some chaotic. Cline plays nylon string guitars, 12 string guitars, electric and and acoustic guitars and uses a variety of effects to create a broad palate of sounds. Golia does likewise, using soprano & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, alto flute, and other instruments. One piece begins with Golia simultaneously playing stritch and tenor; naturally, it evolved into "Opus De Kirkus (for Rahsaan Roland Kirk)."

Cline & Golia are two of the most fertile jazz minds active just under the ground in Southern California circles. Their interplay is sometimes fascinating, often beautiful and only occasionally ponderous. The two are worth hearing The Entire Time.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Nels Cline & Vinny Golia
  • CD Title: The Entire Time
  • Genre: Free Jazz / Avante Garde
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Nine Winds
  • Tracks: 1. Divining, 2. City Snow Stories, 3. For Oliver Lake, 4. The Tiny Boxes Speak her Name, 5. Smooth Surface, the canals, 6. Opus De Kirkus, 7. Fond rememberences of Luther Talbot, 8. Smooth Surface-The Canals-2, 9. Destination Deeth.
  • Rating: Five Stars
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