With Brooklyn Bowl, its always something different each time I go and this time had some delicious jazzy undertone to an veteran of music, Mike Montrey.
The best bits of a driving undertone dig up from Staring at the Lights and build upon big band sound within a five-person setup. The slow flow of Ghosts and Gypsy Ways is melodic reminiscing of Bruce Springsteen and a million other soulful singers from before.
Coming off his first major band ...water.., more a jamspace/improv setup, the formation of The Mike Montrey Band came about more as a practical application of using his own personal star power to jump start the awareness of the new band, "At one point, I was just trying to utilize whatever notoriety I had gained at that point."
Song by a Song by a Song; over the course of a year and a half was deployed as numerous singles linked by the theme of the album built to showcase each song over the duration rather than one giant leap of a full-blown cd.
"This is something about an album that captures a feeling or moment that occurs in a short amount of time, but the market is shrinking for full blown albums"
"I don't really think about the song I want to do, record stuff on a phone or something" Mike talks about, rather having the snippet caught to flesh out later, work it out with the band. Alot of the CD, despite having videos and releasing them over more than a year's time, still had a spontaneous, improvisational, build them out process to them where the band still has a large input and together the final piece was made.
The Mike Montry Band is new, but built upon a rock-hard foundation of jazz, funk, rock and soul and if any of those ring true with your inklings then they play all the right points and swing well in all the right styles. They love what they play and it gets showcased in their music.
Song to Start: Staring at the Light