BadBadNotGood on their jazz-influenced, genre-defying sound

Toronto jazz musicians Chester Hansen, Alex Sowinski and Matthew A. Tavares of Bad Bad Not Good (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)


Toronto trio BadBadNotGood have forged a unique sound that's as much inspired by contemporary hip hop as it is by Miles Davis, which has led the group to collaborate with some of the best rappers working today. The jazz-influenced, genre-defying band drops into Studio Q to perform live from their newest album, Three.

They also speak with guest host Stephen Quinn about creating at the intersection between various genres, why they value the "nervous energy" of creating a tangible product, and why they're not overly concerned with the traditional tenants of jazz. 

"We don't really worry about the genre, or the title of what is coming about. We just worry 'does it feel good, does it sound good, does it have a good vibe, are we enjoying the moment?'" said one member, adding that he doesn't care if iTunes label their work jazz, alternative or something else entirely. 

So, tune in by clicking on the listen button above, then file this under "whatever works."

Here's one of the latest videos posted on BadBadNotGood's YouTube channel: UWM.

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