American reed polymath Vinny Golia, who plays every reed instrument extant, limits himself to soprillo and sopranino saxophones, Bb and A Basset clarinets, piccolo and alto flutes on Explicit, while Italian Gianni Mimmo concentrates on soprano saxophone. Both veterans of ensembles of every size, cooperation between the two is quickly evident. Higher and lower pitched contrapuntal or reciprocal flutters are quickly on display and by “Elegy Implications”, the second track, which is anything but somber, they’ve worked out a responsive strategy as Golia puffs out a chromatic clarinet line which Mimmo then decorates with peeps and trills. However when Golia introduces textures from other instruments that mesh with Mimmo’s extended techniques the effect is that of a larger reed ensemble shrilling high pitches to the end.
This sort of affiliation continues throughout the disc, which some tracks such as “Pull the Chutes”, warmer, although concerned with reedy polyphony and ending with harsh spetrofluctuation; or more speedy and frenetic ones like “With Friends like These” where the spikier tones are advanced by both players, often at dog-whistle pitches and filled with stark reed bites and false register dips, although climaxing with linear movement. The most severe standoff occurs on the concluding “Where’s my Champagne” as sopranino split tones with a near human cry meet soprano hisses that widen into mouth percussion before the dissected piece is reconnected. “De Chirico” however is the longest and most realized duet. After one mid range vibration follows its linear path, it’s soon joined by a second line whose hissing and shrilling establishes its individuality. While the elaboration includes harsh peeps and pitch slides, the finale compounds the double contrapuntal tones into one affiliated lower pitch.