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Dapp Theory : Layers of Chance

Layers of Chance, a mélange of progressive and smooth-jazz, funk, hip-hop, electronica and avant-garde, will surely seem valueless to those who like music with a pedigree. That’s a tragedy: It’s a great record. Dapp Theory is simply too hip for its own good.

The first half is helmed by Dapp Theory’s percussion team, which includes not just drummer Sean Rickman but also “percussive poet” John Moon (whose title is apt; he has a knack for making hard and soft beats from the phonetics in his artful lyrics). They jab and feint like prizefighters on “After the Fact” and “SOS.” On the second half, leader/keyboardist Andy Milne and saxophone/flute/clarinet player Loren Stillman co-pilot, creating lush complexities (“Tracing the Page”) and daring free excursions (“Three Duets”). Christopher Tordini’s bass is ever-present but subservient, accenting Milne’s piano on “Monk Walks” and fluttering a virtuosic, Spanish-guitar-like intro on “Bodybag for Martin.”

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