Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music into a proliferation of beats, bars, and blasts of sonic energy.
In early 2018, BDR signed on to release an album with Ropeadope, a Philadelphia based record label. The band’s first full-length album, “Means to the Ends,” was released in October of 2018. Ropeadope, long at the nexus of jazz, hip hop, and electronica, seems a natural home for BDR’s “innovative and psychedelic mesh of jazz, hip-hop and electronica” (The Alt Weekly).
“Means to the Ends” follows two independently distributed EPS, 2017’s “Bullet Proof Shoes” and 2015’s “Teasers.” BDR’s initial forays prompted bloggers Peck and JT to declare, "Put Albany’s Bright Dog Red on your radar as this jazzy psychedelic hip hop posse has potential for some progressive golden era goodness." The UK's Emerging Indie deemed the band’s “extemporised psychedelic jazz-hop” worthy of repeated listening."
BDR’s regular performances at New York destination venues like ShapeShifter Lab, Nublu, and Spectrum, have garnered the ensemble comparisons to “Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “electronic Ahmad Jamal,” (Don Lucoff), and to other psychedelic, jazz fusion, and hip hop luminaries.
Founded by drummer and composer Joe Pignato, BDR features core members MC Cully, electronic musician Cody Davies, trumpeter Jarritt Sheel, saxophonist Mike LaBombard, and bassist Anthony Berman.
The group’s music, all improvised, has its roots in a series of marathon jam sessions