Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be an eventful year! Hopefully it will be prosperous and wonderful for all of you! Recently before the new year, I got to catch a show by the Canadian jazz quartet–BadBadNotGood. They brought so much energy and personality to their live performance. If you ever get a chance to see this group perform, DO IT! You will not be disappointed.
So in 2016, the Toronto jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) released an album called IV, blending the genres of hip-hop, jazz, and electronic all together into one incredible album. The album features guests appearances by vocalists Charlotte Day Wilson & Sam Herring, saxophonist Colin Stetson, DJ Kaytranada, and rapper Mick Jenkins. There was also a remix of one of the tracks off this record that came out in 2017 featuring both Kaytranada and Snoop Dogg. The band BBNG consists of Matthew Tavares on keys, Leland Whitty on saxophone and flute, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alexander Sowinski on drums. This group is known for its hip-hop collaborations infused with jazzy grooves. They have performed with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah, Tyler, The Creator, and Frank Ocean.
The album IV is most likely BBNG’s most accessible album to date. It also is their most acclaimed album, being dubbed by BBC Radio 6 as the #1 album of the year in 2016. Paula Meija of Prefix magazine describes BBNG as:
“a jazz trio on paper — but often strange, forever imaginative, and ultimately revolutionary hip-hop and electronic beatmakers at heart.”
I could not describe this band any better than this quotation. My favorite tracks off of IV are “In Your Eyes (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson),” “Lavender,” “Cashmere,” “Chompy’s Paradise,” and “Confessions Pt. II (feat. Colin Stetson).” I would give this album a 9 out of 10 rating for its consistent flowing beats and superb collaborations. With each BBNG album comes the blossoming of a more mature and creative jazz quartet.
Thanks so much to all my fantastic readers!