SOUND IT OUT: Mike Pride



Drummer Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys Unveils Material from New Album Birthing  Days at Greenwich House Music School, May 22 

“A successful balance of the tuneful and the abstract.” — JazzTimes on From Bacteria to Boys 

The Sound It Out series presents drummer-composer Mike Pride leading his dynamic band From  Bacteria to Boys – featuring saxophonist Jon Irabagon, pianist Alexis Marcelo and double-bassist Peter Bitenc, plus guest saxist Jonathan Moritz – at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City’s West Village. Pride and company will be celebrating the release of their new AUM Fidelity album Birthing Days, the follow-up to 2010’s Betweenwhile – which All About Jazz described as “contemporary mainstream seen through a distorting lens: Nothing is quite as it seems.” JazzTimes lauded the band’s debut album as “a successful balance of the tuneful and the abstract… pulling together the two extremes without sacrificing the crystalline character of either.” DownBeat praised the band’s ability to alternate between “infectious lyricism and rambunctious stretches of off-kilter jazz and free expressions…These guys are trying for something new.

Village Voice critic Jim Macnie described Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys this way: “This mighty drummer’s quartet has proved itself skilled at meshing rock beats and power swing without shortchanging either side of the equation. On 2010’s Betweenwhile they proved that a determined attack needn’t be graceless. The latest version of the band finds Jon Irabagon on reeds and a new book of tunes, though I’m sure the old push ‘n’ shove still has a big dab of elegance.” 

For his part, Pride frames From Bacteria to Boys this way: “Each of the guys in the band are very soulful musicians who understand not only modern jazz but soul music and church music and pop music – they can play all styles. And I have my own post-punk rock background. So, we all tend to want to take a feel-good approach to music, rather than an academic approach. I used to want to really attack an audience – and that can still be fun sometimes – but these days, I’m really interested in taking the route that generates the most smiles on the bandstand and stirs up positive emotions in the audience. This is going to be fun.” 

Watch this promo video for Birthing Days. . .

Admission: $15 general, $12 Students and seniors 

Location: Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street NY, NY 10014

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