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In Vivo, captures Bright Dog Red live, at Brooklyn’s renowned ShapeShifter Lab. The set featured on In Vivo lasted 59 minutes and 56 seconds. Nearly 58 of those minutes, recorded in the “thoroughly improvised” (Downbeat) manner with which BDR approaches all of its live sets, appear on In Vivo. Although the original performance was contiguous, the album has been divided into tracks, formed by careful editing of the hourlong recording. Joe Pignato, Bright Dog Red’s drummer and leader, explains the process:

"We wanted listeners to hear what BDR does, in vivo so to speak. When we make a studio album, I review the improvisations, marking possible breaks, edit points where I hear discrete structures, compositional ideas, or standalone moments. For this release, I tried that, but it was producing a result that was too similar to what one expects from a BDR album. I had to rethink things a bit and edit breaks only at points of clear departure, where one set of ideas fully broke away from another. Taking this approach ensured that the process—the searching, the transitions, the motion of the set—remained the focus of the recording."


released June 11, 2021

All compositions Bright Dog Red
Produced, edited, and mixed by Joe Pignato, the Disco Studio, Delanson, New York
Recorded by Caroline Olbert (engineer) and Astrid Asmundsson (assistant engineer), ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, New York on November 7, 2020
Mastered by Bryan Brundige, Albany, New York

Joe Pignato - Drums, concepts
Eric Person - Soprano and alto saxophones, flute
Tyreek Jackson - Guitar
Cody Davies - Sounds
Anthony Berman - Acoustic bass
Matt Coonan - Poetry, freestyling


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Bright Dog Red Albany, New York

Bright Dog Red an improvising collective, fuses free improvisation, electronica, jazz, hip hop, psychedelia, and noise music.

“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).

“Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Digable Planets” (P. Schulman)

“Electric Ahmad Jamal,” (D. Lucoff).
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