Mike Pride's ensemble with Brian Moran, Jessica Pavone, Aaron Ali Shaikh in an extended work recorded live at Freddy's in Brooklyn in February of 2003, a slowly building work of unusual acoustic and electronic improvisation.
Pride, Mike's Scene Fucker #5
The Ensemble Is An Electronic Device
Label: Public Eyesore
Released in: USA
"Back in November last year I got a huge package of discs from "Omaha's most unknown label", Bryan Day's wonderfully active and often ignored Public Eyesore, which first came to my attention a while back when I was asked to write liners for Jack Wright and Bob Marsh's Birds in the Hand. I haven't heard much from PE - that's Public Eyesore, btw, not Public Enemy (though come to think of it I haven't heard much from them lately either) - for a while, so forgive me if some of the releases I'm nattering on about here aren't exactly new.
This one for example was recorded way back in February 2003 and appeared a couple of years after that. It's one of an ongoing series of releases by the ahem attractively named Scene Fucker project, which is basically percussionist Mike Pride and anyone he can get his hands on. Very much Improvisation, as opposed to Improvised Music (if you read what I wrote on the subject in last month's Wire): we're talking a gnarly no-holds-barred snarling mess of moments, some inspired, some less so, but all constantly entertaining. Like life, really.
Joining Pride, who plays percussion, glockenspiel (though as the glockenspiel is a percussion instrument to start with you wonder why it merits a separate mention), electronics and microcassette, are Gerald Menke on pedal steel, Jessica Pavone on viola, Brian Moran on electronics and Aaron Ali Shaikh on soprano and alto saxophones. At times lyrical (Pavone sounds great, and so does Menke - imagine Bill Frisell playing Scelsi), at times gritty and combative (Pride is especially good at throwing spanners in the works - he even gets stuck in a kind of drum'n'bass groove at one point, to the apparent indifference of everyone else involved), it's a fine example of what American improvisers do best: get down, get dirty, take risks, go for it."-Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic 02/2007
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Recorded live at Freddy's, Brooklyn, NY on February 27th, 2003 by Brian Moran.
Aaron Ali Shaikh-Bb saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Gerald Menke-pedal steel guitar
Mike Pride-percussion, glockenspiel, electronics, microcassette
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