March 19, 2018: Bright Dog Red (BDR), an improvising collective from Albany, New York, has signed on to release an album with Ropeadope, a Philadelphia based record label. The band’s first full-length album, “Means to the Ends,” is due out October 5, 2018.
Ropeadope, long at the nexus of jazz, hip hop, and electronica, seems a natural home for BDR’s singular fusion of free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music. Ropeadope’s extensive roster includes releases from DJ Logic, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride, Charlie Hunter, Christian Scott, and Eddie Palmieri, among others.
BDR first debuted in late 2015. In some three short years, the band’s regular plays at New York jazz venues ShapeShifter Lab, Spectrum, and Nublu Classic have generated comparisons to ” Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (Paul Schulman), “electronic Ahmad Jamal,” (Don Lucoff) and to other psychedelic, jazz fusion, and hip hop luminaries.
BDR has a rapidly growing following, having played regularly in New York, the Hudson Valley, and Boston. Those dates include opening for George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, sharing bills with hip hop sensation Decora, jazz rock trio Italian Surf Academy, pianist Zack Clarke, and multi-instrumentalist Morgan Guerin, regularly headlining Spectrum NYC, regularly playing ShapeShifter Lab, performing at nublu, performing at the Berklee College of Music, headlining Albany’s Madison Theatre twice, playing BSP Lounge in Kingston, NY, playing Lilypad at Inman in Cambridge, playing Olive’s in Nyack (4 times). and appearing at the O+ Festivals in Kingston and Poughkeepsie.