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Vinny Golia/Wadada Leo Smith/Betram Turetsky: Prataksis

Vinny Golia is what you call a multi instrumentalist. On these recordings he plays, by my count, six clarinets, five saxes, five flutes, bassoon, English horn, stritch, and something called the shinobue. It’s easy to see why Golia has been getting raves in the free music world-on these five very different recordings he is always comfortable and always creative, whether the situation calls for humor, tenderness, aggressive fireworks or oblique hints.

Lineage is a quartet date featuring Bobby Bradford, Ken Filiano, and Alex Cline. Sticking to sax and clarinet, Golia weaves counterlines around Bradford’s trumpet in a way that invites comparison to the Carter-Bradford tandem. Ditto the writing-I had to check to see it wasn’t Bradford’s work. But there is never any mistaking the originality of Golia’s muscular playing. Lineage is a hot, Sixties-style, free jazz session that is thoroughly enjoyable. Bradford remains one of the great voices of his generation, and Cline, whom I haven’t heard in some time, is even better than he used to be. Filiano knows the bass’s role but fills it in unexpected ways.

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