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Black Duck: September 9, 2023 Tubby’s (Kingston, NY)

Because the late 90’s Chicago’s music scene has been a continuing supply of pleasure for me. It looks like yearly some new gem comes out of town’s infinite pool of unbiased, artistic, and adventurous musicians and labels. Previous favorites like Tortoise, and their label, Thrill Jockey, proceed to push boundaries whereas new favorites like Worldwide Anthem and Glyders demand my consideration. 

Black Duck is a trio of Douglas McCombs, Charles Rumback, and Invoice MacKay; all veterans of Chicago’s fertile improv scene. Their self-titled Thrill Jockey debut has its roots of their collective improvisation expertise with the majority of the fabric being created within the studio. The Tubby’s devoted had been fortunate sufficient to be given does of each improv and organized materials. 

The set began with one in every of two totally improvised items permitting the band to search out their footing earlier than transferring into “The Timber Are Dancing” giving us an opportunity to listen to a stay therapy of the recorded materials. It’s all the time attention-grabbing to see how musicians method established songs which are rooted in improvisation. In Black Duck’s case, all of the album materials was stretched out. The night ended with an almost ten-minute model “Lemon Treasure” earlier than heading into one other impro piece based mostly loosely on the album observe “Gentle’s New Measure”. 

I recorded this from my ordinary spot by the soundboard with the MBHO’s. The low finish was a contact boomy early on, however issues settled in moderately properly and I’m very pleased with the standard. Get pleasure from! 

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Black Duck
Kingston, NY

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Recorded and produced by Kliked

1: Improvisation #1
2: The Timber Are Dancing
3: Improvisation #2
4: Of The Lit Backyards
5: Supply
6: Lemon Treasure
7: Improvisation #3

Black Duck is:
Douglas McCombs – Guitar/Bass
Charles Rhumback – Drums
Invoice MacKay – Guitar

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