Ddygg | Live at Joan's

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Live at Joan's

by Ddygg

Improv crossed with deep composition, beauty crossed with assault, live energy crossed with studio sound, DDYGG finds its balance
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Preyland
7:27 $0.99
2. Rhound Things III
3:34 $0.99
3. The Shepard and
5:16 $0.99
4. The Princess
7:07 $0.99
5. 63 Million Light Years is a Long Way
7:47 $0.99
6. Thanks James
3:32 $0.99
7. Dodge's Drye Young Glass of Ginnis
10:43 $0.99
8. Good Guys, Bad Guys
10:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
NCM East Records is pleased to announce the release of an adventurous new album, Live at Joan's, from a collective of active NYC improvisers called DDYGG. The group blends dense and romantic, highly arranged harmony with stretches of seething rage. Recorded in a giant industrial space in Brooklyn, Live at Joan's pulses with the energy of its live audience prodded by the drums, the bouncing trombone and clarinet, flowing guitar lines and booming contra-alto clarinet. Improv crossed with deep composition, beauty crossed with assault, live energy crossed with studio sound, DDYGG finds its balance.

To complement the unconventional instrumentation and recording, the cd package features some unexpected and provoking artwork from a talented eight-year-old collaborator.
About DDYGG: Featuring Khabu Doug Young (guitar), Mark Dodge (drums), Michael McGinnis (clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone, pennywhistle), Brian Drye (trombone) and Matt Glassmeyer (amplified contra-alto clarinet and misc. sounds), DDYGG's formation was far from arbitrary. Loosely, over a two-year period, these players found themselves continuously revisiting their collective chemistry in New York venues for improvisation and new music. Whether called a band, an ensemble, an event or an experiment, DDYGG rests on an anything-goes aesthetic that aims to eloquently blend their highly personal sounds.



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Strong players with rich ideas and 21st century sounds!
The recording offers several first rate songs, and the various styles reflect the group’s wide range. “Rhound Things III” starts off with subdued solo guitar work by the excellent Khabu Doug Young, and then bursts into a buoyant melody reminiscent of Weather Report. On “The princess” the group reveals their straight ahead chops. The front line—Michael McGinnis on clarinet and saxes, Brian Drye on trombone, and Matt Glassmeyer on the unusual amplified contra-alto clarinet—repeat the melody line, with Young deftly weaving his guitar around them. Then McGinnis takes a long, joyful solo, followed by drummer Mark Dodge, who plays with power and incision. The song wraps up with the melody, and altogether it’s a lovely piece. “Thanks, James” is a wild blowfest where McGinnis cuts loose and goes completely out, showing that the musicians are just as comfortable in the realm of free.

And then there’s the very interesting “Good Guys, Bad Guys,” a ten-minute song that wraps up the CD. The song begins with the musicians slowly building into an urgent, chaotic energy. Then they fade back from what they’ve created, and the song dissolves into silence. The music eventually returns, along with a remix of background voices. The song’s construction is highly evolved and very original, and the mix of voices at the end is in the spirit of Beatle songs such as “I Am the Walrus.” In fact the entire CD is a tribute to the way a creative mix—in this case, by Zeke Zima—can take already excellent music to a higher ground.

Watch them if you want to see where jazz—and indeed, music—is heading.