CD released: Jun 23, 2023

1. Of The Lit Backyards
2. Foothill Daze
3. Delivery
4. Second Guess
5. The Trees Are Dancing
6. Thunder Fade That Earth Smells
7. Lemon Treasure
8. Light's New Measure

Black Duck captures a band already deeply in tune with one another.
The three-piece super-group consists of Douglas McCombs, Charles
Rumback, and Bill MacKay each have distinct musical voices that are
instantly recognizable, yet blend seamlessly with one another. Their time
performing together, playing to the moment and reading each other and
the spaces they're in, formed a fluency between the trio which allows
them to follow each other down winding paths and short tangents alike.
McCombs is a founding member of Tortoise, Pullman, and Brokeback
as well as the long standing bassist for Eleventh Dream Day, an artist
whose contribution to the music world can not be overstated. MacKay
began releasing records in the early 2000s. He has released several
acclaimed solo albums with Drag City as well as a duo album each
with Nathan Bowles (Banjo, Black Twig Pickers), and Katinka Kleijn
(Cello, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO)), and two beloved records
with Ryley Walker. Rumback burst onto the fertile Chicago improvised
music scene in the early 2000's. His fluid technique and expressive
playing garnered him much attention. In addition to his solo releases,
Rumback has recorded with Ryley Walker, jazz greats such as Jim Baker,
James Singleton, and Greg Ward. Black Duck's debut is a testament to
that fluency, an expedition led by three veterans into alluring worlds
bathed in myriad splendors. Black Duck is a gallery of sonic tapestries,
unbound by any genre constraints. Black Duck redefines what two
guitarists and a drummer can do, pieces move from breezy shuffles
to stormy blues rumbles to gorgeous textural drones. Playing entirely
improvised live sets for years helped develop the trio's acute senses for
one another, knowing precisely how to listen to the others and bolster
whatever direction they move in. In the short time the trio have played
together, they have performed at Big Ears Festival and alongside acts
like Yo La Tengo.

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