Canadian jazz trio Badbadnotgood return to play at MilkBoy tonight. Their innovative approach to jazz incorporates elements of hip-hop, EDM and punk. Over the years, the band has released covers of various artists including Kanye West, James Blake and My Bloody Valentine. The band released their third album, aptly titled III in May. They also collaborated with Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown on the track “Six Degrees.” Listen to their cover of James Blake’s “Limit to Your Love” below, read their interview with The Key’s Shaun Brady here and get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calender.
Standards have always been a way for jazz artists to come together on common ground and find a collective sound. For generations, musicians have joined together in jam sessions and played “Autumn Leaves” or “My Funny Valentine” or “Caravan,” putting their own unique, modern spin on these timeless classics.
Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD found their sound with a much more contemporary standard – Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade.” The three members met while students in the jazz program at Toronto’s Humber College, but it was their shared love of hip-hop that brought them together as a group. “Being at jazz school, a lot of people were just into jazz because that’s obviously what they’re studying, but we bonded because we had a lot of other common interests,” says keyboardist Matthew Tavares.
Those interests have now resulted in three albums and a burgeoning career as producers with some of the very hip-hop artists whose work they admired, including collaborations with Odd Future members Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, and Frank Ocean. Their latest CD, III (Innovative Leisure), is their first composed wholly of their own original music, foregoing the hip-hop and rock covers that distinguished their previous releases. They’ll perform some of that music – and reprise a few of those trademark covers – at MilkBoy on Saturday night.
So is BBNG a jazz trio with hip-hop leanings? A hip-hop crew with jazz roots? According to bassist Chester Hansen, “It’s a difficult question. I don’t know if we could accurately say that it’s one thing or the other. I think it’s really just a combination of all of our influences; jazz and hip-hop are definitely in there in great amounts, but it’s open to interpretation.”
“I wouldn’t really call it jazz because a lot of the songs don’t some of the elements that people consider to be jazz,” adds Tavares. “Other songs do, but maybe they’re missing other elements. It’s really a big mish-mash of stuff we like to listen to, the music we like to learn and approach and explore and be creative with.”
III definitely showcases the hybrid sound that the band has forged over the last several years. Continue reading →
BADBADNOTGOOD are a jazz trio from Toronto who met at Humber College’s music school in 2011. Since then, the band – Matthew Tavares on keyboards, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums – have been bending the jazz music rule book, infusing the tradition with hip-hop, EDM, and punk influences. They’ve covered Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, James Blake and My Bloody Valentine. They were Frank Ocean’s backup band during Ocean’s 2012 appearance at Coachella, and they’ve collaborated with Earl Sweatshirt and Danny Brown. BBNG has self-released several live albums and are releasing their new studio album, III, on May 6th on Innovative Leisure. BBNG play Milkboy Philly on Saturday, June 14th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, listen to their cover of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and a new song, the spectral, beat laden “Can’t Leave The Night.”
BADBADNOTGOOD are a jazz trio from Canada who are redefining modern jazz by informing their music with hip-hop and rock. The band just released their second studio, and along with two live albums and a single offer all their music for free. Last weekend at Coachella they were the backing band for Frank Ocean (watch it here). The band includes bassist Chester Hansen, pianist Matt Tavares, and drummer Alex Sowinski. Their new album includes a mix of cover songs and originals and the album was recorded with additional instrumentation including electric guitar and saxophone. Below, listen to their cover of James Blake’s “Limit To Your Love.” Go here to download their new music including their new album BBNG2.