The adjective "bad" is not derogatory in jazz jargon, but rather meant as a compliment. The very name of BadBadNotGood from Toronto ironically pushes these quality associations to the extreme - and shows on "III" that their self-confidence is more than justified. On "BBNG" and "BBNG2" the three studied jazz musicians partly covered foreign material (e.g. from Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest and My Bloody Valentine). But with the current CD Matthew Tavares (p, key), Chester Hansen (b) and Alex Sowinski (dr) show that they can also stand on their own two feet. Especially "Triangle", "Can't Leave The Night" (with blown away e-piano flags) and the profound "Confessions" make it clear how well the musicians communicate with each other, whereby with the Torchsong ballad "Differently, Still" they most likely refer back to the jazz tradition. However, the young Canadians shoot the bird with "Kaleidoscope", where they would modernize the soul jazz of the seventies and make every dance floor tremble. For "III" the following therefore applies: GoodGoodNotBad!
Top Track: Kaleidoscope