Reviews of Touch & Go Sextet, Live at the Novara Jazz Festival
Reviews of Hard-boiled Wonderland
"Moser pounded jagged, Monk-ian clusters while Dresser and Anderson divided the time into complex multiples. Hearing Dresser play in this context is a joyful experience, and I was instantly attracted to Anderson’s intention and clarity with the ride cymbal, which had amazing focus."
"Anderson is a complete drummer, swinging for the fences when necessary but also able to really penetrate the essence of a deep listening ability that not all percussionists possess."
"Lane and Anderson discover a tumbling world of possibilities in every tune, meanwhile building up some of the most hypnotic, deepset grooves ever to grace the Spirit Room."
"Anderson is a most welcome newcomer. Whether adding vibrant shadings or coaxing the groove, Anderson demonstrates his natural abilities with consummate taste and skill."
"The big surprise for me is Vijay Anderson--a West Coast cat a mere 26 years old who absolutely tears it up here with snap-crackle-pop polygrooves that constantly bristle and explode and a perfect sense of touch and tone on his stripped-down drumkit. Probably the most exciting new voice on jazz drumkit I've heard in several years."
"With the excellent Vijay Anderson on traps, a sextet of women engaged in fairly conventional partnering and ensemble moves. Seawall's most intriguing parts came from the juxtaposition of the quintet's sometimes feverish activity with Rae Chung's stillness and her ability to place martial arts–like moves with exceptionally directed focus."
"This is pure improvisation within a jazz context. Here we have Aaron Bennett on sax delivering weird lines with some interesting dissonances. Plus we have also John Finkbeiner on guitar and synth creating some interesting basis for each of the tracks. How does this sound? Well, take some of the most experimental King Crimson, then add some Ornette Coleman to it and put a small dose of Allan Holdsworth and you will have just a big picture of how Go-go Figtmaster sound. This is pure experimentation and musical boundaries stretching with no limits. Sometimes the tracks sound more chaotic and sometimes they are more structured but always the main thing is the improvisation. It is remarkable too the work of the rhythm section of Adam Lane on bass and Vijay Anderson on drums. Pure spontaneity."
"Go-Go Fightmaster played last. Pretty great high-energy free jazz. Some parts featured the guitar, bass and drums playing something like a less heavy version of doom metal while saxophonist Aaron Bennett blew a wild sax solo over the top. The highlights for me were Vijay Anderson's killer drum solos. Real tight and energetic. The bands became increasingly jazzy as the night progressed, which is the sort of thing I usually stay away from. I'm really glad I heard this stuff though. Pretty amazing playing."