Jeff Coffin & Charlie Peacock: Rice Dice Mice
Rice Dice Mice
Arc of the Circle (Runway Records RN-1003)
Marc Ribot (electric and resonator guitar), Tony Miracle (electronics, laptop), Derek Phillips (drums, xylophone).
Composed by Jeff Coffin & Charlie Peacock.
Recorded: Nashville, TN, and Brooklyn, NY, 2008
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
The dual talents of multi-reed artist Jeff Coffin of Flecktones fame and pianist/composer Charlie Peacock strut their creative stuff on this interesting jazz hybrid. The composition begins with a synthesized somnambulistic rhythm by Miracle and Peacock that borders on a techno-dance beat and captures your rhythmic sensibilities. A wonderful backbeat by Philips accompanied by Marc Ribot's tasteful guitar riffs adds a nice dimension to the piece, complete with an array of complementary synthesized sounds. Coffin contributes a repetitive saxophone chorus backed by Peacock's droning piano chording. The tension builds with a cornucopia of musical colorations. Around three minutes in, the tune veers off into more esoteric explorations, changing direction like a switchback on a Wild Mouse ride, and becoming more exploratory as Peacock and Coffin play off each other's ideas sans rhythm section. The mood gradually morphs into a vehicle for synthesizer, saxophone and piano until Coffin's expressive horn ends the piece in a reflective way. Interesting music.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello