"...Vinny Golia is a fountainhead of musical history, instrumental technique, compositional styles, and infallible precision. Like Braxton, he has a vast catalog of recordings and understands the scope of the challenge of being a modern musician. On this disk he covers a lot of ideas and moods with panache..."
- Farrell Lowe. All About Jazz.com
"...Over the years Golia has proven himself to be crucial artist worth watching. His innovations and explorations showcase the best of improvised music and daring composition. Music for Like Instruments continues the trend..."
- Rex Butters, All About Jazz.com
Small Ensemble Reviews
"This music is part of the vast Golia vault of creativity, coupled with respect for past musicians and at the same time pushing the creative envelope. A true inventor and prose composer, his music creates the image of part filmstrip, part word game, coupled with marvelous fantasy.
His playing is a tight rope act of episodic improvisation, it all interlocks like a Chinese box. Golia is totally brilliant. The way Golia plays, displaying his supreme style of creativity, is done with artistic clarity of vision, possessed by only artists and madmen. "
"Golia's album is free jazz, capably composed an d performed - bold and brassy, modern, expansive and searching, yet, quite accessible to discerning listeners. Playing musings that straddle the fence between classical keanings and high-art jazz, Golia's quintet layers with counterpoint melodies and brief cohesive horn segments. Maintaining space within their ripe interpretations. The group has a distinctive sound."
"The L.A. reedman's sparkling performance incorporated everything from bedrock jazz swing to unusual textures that never interrupted the organic flow of the music...the ensemble never simply settled for a static, solos-over-rhythm section approach - the moods and textures within the pieces shifted constantly yet the music never sounded forced"
L.A. TIMES CALENDAR
"A Golia performance means exposure to a broad spectrum of feeling, and experience, and to an unpredictable use of musical elements...Golia doesnt shy away from passionate energy or probing the outer limits of what his instruments can give him, nor does he hesitate to devote the same intensity to more subtle channels of expression. The extent to chich the music of this quintet will seem accessible will depend entirely on the experience and open spirit of listeners, but, even as his boundary-stretching limits Golia has something for even the uninitiated listener."
Golia has been one of the most coherent and satisfying proponents of free jazz. His music, is actually carefully structured as to theme and mood, with interspersed written parts, ostinato figures, pedal points, and occasionally improvised riffs and backgrounds holding the blowing together.
L.A. JAZZ SCENE
Golis is a virtuoso on an impressive array of instruments and his visual arts training brings to his music a non-linear, textural approach which, combined with compositional rigor, produces an intense, challenging musical experience.
EARSHOT JAZZ MAGAZINE
Large Ensemble Reviews
Some of the most creative and compelling music being done in the U.S. today - CADENCE
Awesome composing ability, like Mingus and Ellington... he does his best composing for large groups; the intricacy of Golia¹s writing is eye-opening.....amazing music. This is creative music on a grand scale, ranging from Braxtonish neo-bop to meditative chamber music.....OPTION
Golia is an unconventional autodidact who works in a grand style, with broad, messy strokes, mixing take-no-prisoners improv with rigorous composition. He takes obvious delight in the range of sounds at his command in the Large Ensemble, from tuba to piccolo-a sort of Mingus meets Stravinsky..... DOWNBEAT
Compelling compositions powered by surging improvisation... positioned stylistically at the crossroads of new classical music and free jazz. STEREOPHILE
The range of color and the variance of texture is startling.... The joy of this group is the incredible range of music it surveys. Golia¹s writing encompasses elements from jazz, contemporary classical idioms, world music, blues, marches, you name it. He molds these diverse influences into a coherent, evolutionary flow that surpasses mere pastiche. CODA
"Often this is tremendous music; great vibrating blocks of sound - tremendously sad, as befits the memorial theme - that you could stack right up against the more intense moments of Messiaen or Ives..."
"Few contemporary creative musicians have been so consistently devoted to the challenge of melding compositional scope and improvisational development with the Large Ensembe as Golia. This multi-instrumentalist can generate equally multi-faceted exploration of thematic and textural elements, testing both the combined voices of his 22 piece ensemble and many of its component voices....Golia and his group are filling a very special niche in current exploratory music."
"What gives unity and coherence to Golia's music, holding together all the individual voices and free improvisation that exists within it, is its conceptual depth. Conveying a sense of teeming, multi-form life against a ground of silence and ultimate mystery, it reaches beyond melody, harmony and rhythm to make an existentialist statement."
L.A. JAZZ SCENE
"At a time when resources make economical small-group free music seem most feasible, Golia sets his sights on colossal compositions....ambitious not only in scale, but in musical aspirations, it consists primarily of long, structured compositional sections laced with accompanied and unaccompanied solos and group improvisation...Golia utilizes the full timbral range, and with this ensemble he has quite a paintbox to draw from."
"This is creative music on a grand scale, Braxtonish neo-bop to meditative chamber music. Golia prefers the term Large Ensemble to big band because it connotes a far wider spectrum of music. And here Golia has the full palette of musical colors he's been craving all these years, and the players who can realize his complex arrangements."
"Not only has Golia succeeded in consolidating the talents of many of the L.A.'s areas more venturesome musicians, he has crafted a collection of charts that challenge and titillate their creative sensibilities. Golia's lengthy suite-like compositions employ a wide spectrum of tonal colors, intriguing combinations of corresponding and contrasting lines and sturdy riff-based passages... it is sufficient to note that whether taken in small doses or in one sitting, this explosively charged package is guaranteed to spark your interest and imagination..."