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Mike Pride’s From Bacteria To Boys : Betweenwhile

The debut Betweenwhile from drummer Mike Pride’s quartet, From Bacteria to Boys, is a successful balance of the tuneful and the abstract, avoiding the “little bita dis– little bita dat” musical scenario. This group–made up of Pride, Peter Bitenc on bass, Alexis Marcelo on piano, and Darius Jones on the alto-pulls together the two extremes without sacrificing the crystalline character of either. Mike Pride composed nine pieces; the tenth, “Surcharge,” is written by German reed and wind player, Uli Kempendorff.

The piano leads off in the biographical “Kancamagus” with lyrical lines, unpredictable for a band which goes on to explore tight boppish rhythms in “Rose,” edgy yet thoroughly accessible tunefulness in “Emo Hope” to a network of dissonance in the last third of the recording.

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