Dice Factory: Dice Factory (2013)
The musicians align entrancing arrangements within a push and pull framework via the buoyant cadences, and tailor fragments of modern mainstream and bop to fit snugly into their synergistic line of attack. They also present an elevated form of art. For example on "Gooch," the quartet opens with a polytonal odd-metered groove with understated tonalities and succinct off-center variations, steered by bassist Tom Farmer and tenor saxophonist Tom Challenger's harmonically attractive unison lines. They dig deep from within amid the brooding lower-register lines, initiating temperate dialogues on "Zout," shaded by pianist George Fogel's dainty voicings. Here, Challenger slices and dices around the perimeter. No doubt, these compositions broadcast quite a bit of pop and sizzle.
Highlights are in abundance, including "Eternal Moment," that is engineered with a complex polyrhythmic baseline. As the band dishes out a hustling and bustling sequence of movements, often executed in hyper-mode. Moreover, Fogel's contrasting chord phrasings inject counterpoint as the music leaves you in a continual state of anticipation, fast-tracked by Challenger's spiralling notes and transitory entries into the free-zone atop Farmer's pumping bass parts. Think of jazz-fusion without the electronic elements. Nonetheless, Dice Factory is not merely a diamond in the rough, but the real deal.
Track Listing: Heyu Nantucket; Gooch; Saribund; You're Lucky; Eternal Sleep; Zout; Eternal Moment; Pipes; T.N.G.; Saribund (Coda).
Personnel: Tom Challenger: tenor saxophone; George Fogel: piano; Tom Farmer: double bass; Jon Scott: drums.
Record Label: Babel Label