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Vijay Anderson - Hard-Boiled Wonderland

Vijay Anderson - Hard-Boiled Wonderland

Musician: Vijay Anderson
Album title: Hard-Boiled Wonderland
Style: Free Improvisation
Released: 2010
Country: Poland
Size MP3 version: 1319 mb
Size APE version: 1306 mb
Size WMA version: 1844 mb
Rating ✫: 4.1
Votes: 904
Genre: Jazz

Vijay Anderson - Hard-Boiled Wonderland


1 East Oakland Reverie
2 East Oakland Reverie
3 A Few More Hands For Richard Grossman
4 Interlude
5 Skittering
6 Dilatation
7 A Widow's Last Penny
8 Swimming In A Black Well
9 Nix
10 March At The End Of The World


  • Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Sheldon Brown
  • Clarinet, Clarinet [Contra Alto E-flat] – Ben Goldberg
  • Drums, Percussion [Bowls] – Vijay Anderson
  • Electric Guitar – Ava Mendoza, John Finkbeiner
  • Vibraphone – Smith Dobson V


Featuring Sheldon Brown saxes, Ben Goldberg on clarinets, Ava Mendoza & John Finkbeiner on electric guitars, Smith Dobson V on vibes and Vijay Anderson on drums & direction. I can recall West Coast drummer Vijay Anderson from a few discs he did with Adam Lane & a recent CD with Lisa Mezzacappa on Clean Feed. This sextet features two working trios that Vijay performed with in the Bay area during 2007 & 2008. This disc combines both trios with Mr. Anderson as the main instigator who suggested different combinations of musicians for each piece. Although this work is improvised, there appears to be much more going on here. The title track is first and it is the longest with layers in interconnected parts. I found this piece to be quite magical with different musicians floating in waves around one another, yet there are sections where certain structures or moods take over and evolve from there. I don't know Mr. Finkbeiner but do remember Ms. Mendosa from a trio called Bolivar Zoar that played at The Stone. Each piece has something special going on. "East Oakland Reverie" features haunting bass clarinet, hypnotic vibes and other precarious vibes. There are also a few trios and duos which change the aura somewhat. "A Few More Hands" is for vibes, alto clarinet & alto sax and it has a slower, more cerebral feeling. Another trio for clarinet, guitar & drums shifts the dialogue in different ways and is more animated & intense. Each combination of musicians shows a different approach and each one is successful in different ways. Vijay Anderson doesn't even play on a few on the pieces yet he keeps things moving and interesting throughout.