Hold on to your seats and be prepared to settle in for a hard-blowing, free-bop type session anchored by top-notch modern jazz bassist Adam Lane. West Coast reedman Vinny Golia is the primary soloist here, although it’s a democratic engagement of the highest order. From the onset, Golia lets loose with a barrage of penetrating lines, combined with warm-hearted overtones and melodic phrasings. On "Spin with the EARth," Golia’s harmonically pleasing soprano sax choruses are executed in unison with Lane’s ostinato groove. Here, the trio takes sugar and spice and turns it into hot pepper via a sequence of absorbingly hypnotic passages, topped off with a memorable hook. And while the band exudes moments of fire and brimstone, they routinely temper the proceedings with quietly probing arrangements.
The musicians often venture into the free/red zone by reacting and then reformulating ideas centered upon its improvisational drills. They render scorching, medium-tempo swing vamps and occasionally turn up the heat with blitzing, speed demon workouts: Notions of a Japanese bullet train whizzing by, comes to mind. During the piece titled "Clouds," Golia’s symmetrical choruses are built upon circular phrasings, rumbling cadenzas and subtly injected periods of sweetness. Nonetheless, it’s a thriller! (Heartily recommended.... )