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Bringing together two working trios, drummer Vijay Anderson heads this 6 piece with saxophonist Sheldon Brown, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, guitarists Ava Mendoza and John Finkbeiner, and vibraphonist Smith Dobson V.

Anderson, Vijay
Hardboiled Wonderland

Anderson, Vijay: Hardboiled Wonderland (Not Two Records)
Label: Not Two Records    
Released in: Poland    

"In 2007-2008 I was involved with two trios. Ben, Sheldon and I did a baffling six-month stint at a crepe restaurant. Not long after that, John, Ava, and I began to gather erratically. I found both trios intriguing - they were alike, and they were disparate. I liked that each had an expansive yet unique take on collective improvisation. I suggested the two groups get together and play. After our concurrence someone suggested we document it... and just like that, we did. I enlisted Smith to fulfill a lighter, more melodic role and co-percussionist.

I think of this as as double trio, and as I am its instigator, my name appears as if I were its leader. I have taken care of most of the logistical details; otherwise, this is an egalitarian venture. The musc was improvised without preconception or direction from me or anyone else. The only thing I strong suggested was that the personnel alter from piece to piece. And it was my decision to embellish the first piece with more layers (bowls, guitars). That is the only overdub. [...]"-Vijay Anderson, from the liner notes

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Product Information:

UPC: 5901549185027

Label: Not Two Records
Catalog ID: MW836-2
Squidco Product Code: 13281

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at New Improved Recording, Oakland, CA by Eli Crews, Rich Graff and John Finkbeiner on February 26th, 2008.


Vijay Anderson-drums, bowls

Sheldon Brown-alto, tenor and soprano saxophones

Ben Goldberg-clarinet, contra alto clarinet in E-flat

Ava Mendoza-electric guitar

John Finkbeiner-electric guitar

Smith Dobson V-vibraphone

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Track Listing:

1. Hard-Boiled Wonderland 16:37

2. East Oakland Reverie 3:30

3. A Few More Hands (for Richard Grossman) 6:44

4. Interlude 0:55

5. Skittering 5:24

6. Dilatation 8:38

7. A Widow's Last Penny 9:08

8. Swimming in a Black Well 4:07

9. Nix 4:31

10. March at the End of the World 8:27