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Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, released In Vivo, a live album, on June 11, 2021. In Vivo is the ensemble’s fourth release since signing to Ropeadope in 2018.

From its inception, Bright Dog Red has pursued a singular approach to making music. Chris Sampson of the Joy Sounds Podcast explains, “Bright Dog Red is making it up as they go along, literally. All of their music is created in the moment, through free improvisation.” Each of Bright Dog Red’s Ropeadope albums reflects this same, “thoroughly improvised,” modus operandi (Downbeat).

In Vivo was captured in the course of performance, during a single set at Brooklyn's ShapeShifter Lab. The album faithfully represents the music improvised that evening, as it unfolded, in sequence, and with minimal editing.

“Starting as a jazz-meets-hip-hop jam band with a loosely-defined membership, Bright Dog Red has become a fixture on the NYC jazz and improvisation scene” (Jazz Journal). Increasingly recognized for “improvisation that defies categorization” (Dan Ouellette), BDR has garnered comparisons to “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “Romantic Warrior era Return to Forever” (Rimas e Batidas), and “electronic Ahmad Jamal,” (Don Lucoff), as well as to other psychedelic, jazz fusion, and hip hop luminaries.

Founded by drummer Joe Pignato, BDR is comprised of a rotating cast of players. In Vivo features Eric Person (soprano and alto saxes, flute), Tyreek Jackson (guitar), Cody Davies (sounds), Anthony Berman (acoustic bass), and Matt Coonan (poetry, freestyling).

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ON IN VIVO ”Amongst the most exciting and creative jazz musicians out there today.” -Nu Jazz Sounds, UK

“A fantastic live set...genuinely thrilling.” - Blue in Green Podcast, UK

“Much is made about improvisation or playing in the moment. While some bands pay casual reference to those phrases, as if to think it will improve their credibility, Bright Dog Red (BDR) makes it their mantra. They are the epitome of in-the-moment playing.

BDR melds the influences of free-form jazz, funk, rock, and hip-hop into their signature sound. Explorative moments transition into spirited, spiritual playing….Yet, none of these sequences last too long before the other members add to the mix

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