9 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

88 Ratings

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

DavidDePriest_,

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!

williamplong,

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

About BADBADNOTGOOD

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 their college years, they performed a piece based upon the music of Odd Future, which they uploaded to YouTube. It attracted many views and was spotted by Tyler, the Creator from Odd Future. In 2011, BadBadNotGood released their debut album, BBNG, via Bandcamp. It included covers of music by Odd Future, A Tribe Called Quest, and Waka Flocka Flame and was recorded in just one three-hour session. Following the album release, the trio recorded a live session with Tyler, the Creator, opened for Roy Ayers at the Nujazz festival in their hometown of Toronto, and performed at Gilles Peterson's worldwide awards.

Their second record, BBNG2, was released in 2012, this time recorded within a ten-hour slot and once again featuring original pieces as well as cover versions of music by My Bloody Valentine, Kanye West, and James Blake. In the same year, the band was the Coachella Festival's band in residence, playing six different sets, as well as the backing band for Frank Ocean. BadBadNotGood were then drafted to be part of the production and musical composition team for the soundtrack of the film The Man with the Iron Fists. They did production work for Earl Sweatshirt and Danny Brown, as well as a remix on JJ Doom's Key to the Kuffs.

The group's third record, III, was released in 2014 and included the singles "Hedron," "CS60," and "Can't Leave the Night." In February 2015, the group's collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan MC Ghostface Killah, titled Sour Soul, was released by Lex Records. In early 2016, the trio became a quartet when Leland Whitty joined on saxophone. BadBadNotGood's first album with Whitty, IV, appeared on Innovative Leisure the following July. The album featured guest appearances from Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring ("Time Moves Slow"), producer Kaytranada ("Lavender"), and rapper Mick Jenkins ("Hyssop of Love"). IV debuted on the Billboard 200 and topped the Jazz Album chart. ~ James Pearce

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • FORMED
    2010

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