1977, the multi-instrumentalist, composer and band
leader Vinny Golia formed Nine Winds Records.
Since that time Nine Winds has grown substantially,
presenting New Jazz, Contempory Classical, and Improvised
music from the West Coast of North America.
The catalogue includes selections from kindred spirits
such as: pianists Paul Plimley, Richard
Grossman, Bob Rodriquez, Tad Weed,
Dave Ferris and Wayne Peet, percussionists
Dick Berk, Brad Dutz,
and Alex Cline, bassists Bertram Turetzky,
Ken Filiano, Lyle Ellis, Steuart
Liebig, and Eric von Essen, guitarists
Larry Koonse and Nels Cline, saxophonists
Kim Richmond, John Gross, Bert
Wilson, Rich Halley, Tony Malaby
and Steve Adams, trombonists George Lewis,
John Rapson, Joey Sellers, and Michael
Vlatkovich, vocalist Bonnie Barnett and
the Barnett Band, the electric groups of
flugelhorn/trumpet player John Fumo, Doppler
Funk, Continuum, Lunar Adventures,
Quartetto Stig, and Sub-Media, along
with many others, such as the New Klezmer Trio,
Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Harvey's 20
piece Jazz Ensemble Aardvark, The New
Orchestra Workshop, and Big World. All
these groups are from North America's West coast.
over 120 releases later, the Nine Winds label is known
for both its high quality recording values as well
as its consistently intelligent and adventurous music.
The albums have garnered critical acclaim in diverse
publications throughout Canada, the United States,
Europe and Japan. In addition, Golia's album, Solo
(NW 0104), received an award of merit from the National
Association of Independent Record Distributors and
Manufacturers. Almost every year records from the
Nine Winds catalog have been picked by critics and
readers of journals for their "years ten best" lists.
Nine Winds has become quite a special label representing
the under-valued musicians from North America's West
coast. The label's recent releases have documented
the new music scene from Vancouver B.C. to San Diego,
A brief overview of the other musicians appearing
on the label in various roles includes John Carter,
Bobby Bradford, Bobby Shew, Chuck
Metcalf, Michael Formanek, Phil Sparks,
Rob Blakeslee, Bruce Fowler, Kendall
Kay, Stuebig, Billy Mintz, Mike
Fahn, Bob Sheppherd, Kate
Hammet Vaughn, Claude Ranger,
Tim Berne, Ricky Kelly,
Roberto Miranda, John Gross,
Tootie Heath, Herman Riley,
Clay Jenkins, Mike Fahn,
Ben Goldberg, Kenny Wollesen,
Sam Most, Jeff Kaiser, Baikida
Carroll, and Kei Akagi to name
only a few.
Winds also provides valuable consultation services
for West coast musicians and assists in the production,
manufacturing, and promotion of various recorded projects,
including those funded by recording grants.
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