Jeff Coffin & Charlie Peacock: Rice Dice Mice

Track

Rice Dice Mice

Artist

Jeff Coffin (tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, percussion, cymbals) and Charlie Peacock (piano, synths, toy pianos, Wurlitzer electronic piano)

CD

Arc of the Circle (Runway Records RN-1003)

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Musicians:

Jeff Coffin (tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, percussion, cymbals), Charlie Peacock (piano, synths, toy pianos, Wurlitzer electronic piano),

Marc Ribot (electric and resonator guitar), Tony Miracle (electronics, laptop), Derek Phillips (drums, xylophone)

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Composed by Jeff Coffin & Charlie Peacock

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Recorded: Nashville, TN, and Brooklyn, NY, 2008

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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

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