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This jazz trio still in their 20s (Matthew Tavares on keyboards, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alexander Sowinski on drums and sampler) quickly crossed over to non-jazz audiences with covers and collaborations with hip-hop’s Odd Future crew, as well as other underground indie and hip-hop groups. The trio's third album is their first of entirely original compositions, expanding on their previous shoot-from-the-hip recording approach to create rich textures and spacious arrangements. Highlights include “Triangle” (which pulses to a hip-hop beat) and the funky “Confessions,” but III is really a beginning-to-end affair, since one song blends into the next.

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BadBadNotGood prove themselves to be this year's greatest auteurs.

I've been a fan of BBNG for a while, but something has always kept me from really loving their albums. Their first one was really quite good, with wonderful reworkings of FlyLo and Zelda tracks. BBNG2 was good too with James Blake and Kanye covers. But this one introduces BBNG as true composers, bringing an entire LP of original work that proves that their covers weren't just a crutch. Songs like Hedron and Can't Leave the Night prove that BBNG have a sense for production dynamics and composition. Their use of analog instruments helps to ground some of the more abstract tracks. All in all, this album is a perfect progression for BBNG and I hope that it sells well, if only to let these talented people know they're fighting the good fight.

now all they need is John McLaughlin!

these guys… deadgum! they’re the next Mahavishnu Orchestra!!!!!

III will be the dopest dope

This guys are talented! BBNG I and BBNGII are both fantastic albums. These guys will not disapioint!


Formed: 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '10s

Toronto, Ontario-based BadBadNotGood are a jazz group founded by Matthew Tavares (keyboards and synthesizer), Chester Hansen (bass guitar), and Alexander Sowinski (drums). BadBadNotGood initially attracted attention with their jazz interpretations of hip-hop tracks, leading them to work with artists such as Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean. The outfit first came together in 2010 when the bandmembers met at the Humber College jazz program in Toronto, sharing a love for both jazz and hip-hop. During...
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