Jeff Coffin (sax/clarinet/flute) & Charlie Peacock (piano/keys); Featuring: Marc Ribot (guitar), Derrek Phillips (drums), Tony Miracle (electronics), Ken Lewis (percussion), Joe Murphy (tuba), Chad Howat (keys/percussion)
ARC OF THE CIRCLE, the new duets recording by Flecktones saxophonist JEFF COFFIN and pianist CHARLIE PEACOCK isn't exactly like anything you've ever heard. The closest contemporary references for it are the musical flavors of Chick Corea/Bela Fleck, Marty Ehrlich, Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and Marc Ribot (who contributes to the project). This is high-risk improvisational music first with production and arrangements coming second. Historically speaking, it bears some resemblance to early Dewey Redman/Keith Jarrett collaborations, with some aggressive Coltrane/McCoy type moments. There's also a little Stravinsky, Copland, Ives, and Hindemith influences peeking through. Coffin and Peacock also seem to be channeling the famous cartoon composers, like Philip A. Scheib, Carl Stalling, and Raymond Scott. Mix in some cut-up, glitch-pop electronics with Ornette/Don Cherry leap-frog intervals, and somehow, even with all the eclectic influences, the music remains bluesy and essentially American. All of this is a good thing, as these two major improvisers and friends create yet another surprising hybrid of jazz/not jazz, and stretch the boundaries of even the most current "beyond jazz" categories. Fellow musical alchemists, guitarist MARC RIBOT (John Zorn, Robert Plant/Alison) and DERREK PHILLIPS (Charlie Hunter Band) add their own quirks to the mix.