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Adam Rogers: Rhythm, Guitar

With his trio DICE, guitarist Adam Rogers celebrates groove and six-string history

DICE trio: (l to r) Nate Smith, Adam Rogers and Fima Ephron (photo by Kyra Kverno)
DICE trio: (l to r) Nate Smith, Adam Rogers and Fima Ephron (photo by Kyra Kverno)

On a Thursday in early September, at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, guitarist Adam Rogers and the trio DICE did what they have done countless times in the same place over the past decade, though never the same way twice. Rogers hung on a repeating rhythmic motif until bassist Fima Ephron and drummer Nate Smith seamlessly recalibrated the tempo, fashioning the syncopated riff into a new beat.

This “polyrhythmic language of improvisation,” as Rogers describes it, a parallax effect in tempo, characterizes Rogers’ experimentation with the power-trio format, which culminated in the summer release of DICE’s eponymous debut. The album is a paean to the dynamic strengths of groove and to the limitless possibilities of the electric guitar, from Rogers’ former teachers John Scofield and Barry Galbraith to Charlie Christian and Jimi Hendrix.

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