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Vincent Golia and Ken Filiano: The Art of Negotiation

On track to release 25 titles in its first year, CIMP-Creative Improvised Music Projects-has almost instantly become the leading North American label of its kind. With clean, unprocessed live to two-track engineering and an uniform approach to cover art and booklet design, CIMP has developed an identity that will serve them well for the long haul. CIMP’s catalog is already brimming with the type of personnel connections between releases common to great labels as different as Blue Note and FMP. These four discs extend the CIMP network while solidifying the label’s foundations.

Given that his recent 9 Winds output has focused on his Quintet and Large Ensemble, Vinny Golia’s duet program with bassist Ken Filiano is a welcomed change of vantage on the L.A.-based multi-reedist. Throughout The Art of Negotiation, Golia and Filiano improvise in whole chapters, quickly setting the scene, developing characters, and throwing in a few plot twists. Beyond their compatibility in terms of ideas, Golia and Filiano seem joined at the hip in terms of sound; the expansive Golia’s woody clarinets and oboeish sopranino saxophone alternately blend with and bounce off Filiano’s crisp, racing lines, space-soaking lyricism, and boldly textured arco effects. The Art of Negotiation is a win/win proposition.

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