Brooklyn drummer/hustler Mike Pride brought his wonderfully named jazz quartet From Bacteria to Boys to WFMU recently to record a set for The Long Rally. Mike plays in tons of bands in a range of genres and non-genres so I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but I knew he'd bring a freeform approach to jazz. I was not mistaken and happily blown away by the musicians in the band; each one brought a burst of personality to Mike's rugged and zigzagging tunes. Darius Jones (whose debut as a leader will be a trio with Cooper-Moore and Bob Moses coming soon!) totally wails on alto. Peter Bitenc and Alex Marcello (bass and piano, respectively) were real eye-openers, two musicians who I had not heard before but will be checking on in the future. They both killed it. From behind the kit, Mike Pride directed these difficult twisting songs and made it look easy! MP3s from the set are below or streaming/downloadable/mixtapeable, etc. on the Free Music Archive page. For more please check out Mike Pride's Funhole Records or his MySpace page. Thanks to Mark Triant for engineering.
From Bacteria to Boys
Rec. Date: April 6, 2009
Air Date: April 8, 2009
Engineer: Mark Triant
Show: The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
More photos after the jump.
The live audio in this post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-