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BADBADNOTGOOD embodies the essence of jazz, taking influences from whatever makes sense to them to make music that’s not limited by genre or boundaries. Or at least that was the case in the last decade when collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator and Ghostface Killah made them exemplars of the fashionable idea of crossing jazz and hip hop creative streams. But no one can stay on the edge forever and innovations are inevitably surpassed by others. And so, this instrumental trio has, a decade into their career, made a straight-ahead jazz rock fusion album that honors their influences like Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as a star parade of living musicians they consider to be their touchstones. Chief among those paragons still breathing is Brazilian composer/singer/arranger Arthur Verocai, whose 1972 self-titled funk-jazz-samba debut has become a great lost album, much sought after by vinyl collectors and motivational for younger musicians especially in terms of its arrangements. Here Verocai has arranged a 12-piece string section on several tracks including the ELO-like "City of Mirrors." He also lends lush strings to "Besides April," its short, very delicate palette cleanser, "Beside April (Reprise)" and Talk Memory's most fully realized track, the '60s flavored "Love Proceeding," which opens with a trembling synth before stretching out into an easygoing pop vibe highlighted by a long and apropos solo by saxophonist Leland Whitty.

Recorded by Nic Jodoin and Travis Pavur, the sound of Talk Memory is spacious if slightly compressed. Another inspiration, whom they honor on the track "Unfolding (Momentum 73)," is Philadelphia zither player Laraaji who's most famous for his Brian Eno-produced album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. And there's drummer Karriem Riggins on "Beside April" whose ambidextrous career of switching back and forth between jazz players like Diana Krall and rappers like Common fits perfectly with BBNG's shifting identity. Tracks here are all short other than the deliberately distorted opener, "Signal From the Noise," which feels like a sonic manifesto of sorts (though its gist is cloudy). And while the liner notes speak of an "aural odyssey" and a "psychedelic narrative," this once revolutionary group has here become oddly conventional, with Whitty, bassist/pianist Chester Hansen and drummer Alexander Sowinski treading the well-worn path of synth-assisted jazz fusion. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Signal from the Noise
00:09:02

Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - Sam Shepherd, Producer - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

2
Unfolding (Momentum 73)
00:04:30

Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Laraaji, Composer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, MusicPublisher - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Warp Publishing, MusicPublisher - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

3
City of Mirrors
00:03:50

Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Arthur Verocai, Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Wagner Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - David Chew, AssociatedPerformer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - William Luna, Engineer - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Emília Valova, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Botene, AssociatedPerformer - Clovis Pereira Filho, AssociatedPerformer - Lisiane de Los Santos, AssociatedPerformer - William Isaac, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolay Sapoundjiev, AssociatedPerformer - Ubiratã Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - Andre Cunha Rego, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Passos, AssociatedPerformer - Tamara Emy, MusicPublisher

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

4
Beside April
00:05:13

Karriem Riggins, Composer, FeaturedArtist, MusicPublisher - Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Arthur Verocai, Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Wagner Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - David Chew, AssociatedPerformer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - William Luna, Engineer - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Karriem Riggins Music ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Emília Valova, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Botene, AssociatedPerformer - Clovis Pereira Filho, AssociatedPerformer - Lisiane de Los Santos, AssociatedPerformer - William Isaac, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolay Sapoundjiev, AssociatedPerformer - Ubiratã Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - Andre Cunha Rego, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Passos, AssociatedPerformer

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

5
Love Proceeding
00:05:25

Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Arthur Verocai, Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Wagner Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - David Chew, AssociatedPerformer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - William Luna, Engineer - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Emília Valova, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Botene, AssociatedPerformer - Clovis Pereira Filho, AssociatedPerformer - Lisiane de Los Santos, AssociatedPerformer - William Isaac, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolay Sapoundjiev, AssociatedPerformer - Ubiratã Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - Andre Cunha Rego, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Passos, AssociatedPerformer - Tamara Emy, MusicPublisher

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

6
Timid, Intimidating
00:06:17

Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

7
Beside April (Reprise)
00:01:40

Karriem Riggins, MusicPublisher - Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Arthur Verocai, Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Wagner Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - David Chew, AssociatedPerformer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - William Luna, Engineer - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Emília Valova, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Botene, AssociatedPerformer - Clovis Pereira Filho, AssociatedPerformer - Lisiane de Los Santos, AssociatedPerformer - William Isaac, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolay Sapoundjiev, AssociatedPerformer - Ubiratã Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - Andre Cunha Rego, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Passos, AssociatedPerformer

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

8
Talk Meaning
00:06:14

Nic Jodoin, Engineer - Arthur Verocai, Arranger, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Elevado, Mixer - Terrace Martin, Composer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, MusicPublisher - Brandee Younger, Composer, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, MusicPublisher - Wagner Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - David Chew, AssociatedPerformer - Badbadnotgood, Producer, MainArtist - Peer Music, MusicPublisher - Third Side Music, MusicPublisher - Music of Windswept, MusicPublisher - William Luna, Engineer - Chester Hansen, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Leland Whitty, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Alexander Sowinski, Composer, AssociatedPerformer - Emília Valova, AssociatedPerformer - Victor Botene, AssociatedPerformer - Clovis Pereira Filho, AssociatedPerformer - Lisiane de Los Santos, AssociatedPerformer - William Isaac, AssociatedPerformer - Nikolay Sapoundjiev, AssociatedPerformer - Ubiratã Rodrigues, AssociatedPerformer - Andre Cunha Rego, AssociatedPerformer - Samuel Passos, AssociatedPerformer - Tamara Emy, MusicPublisher - Rosemac Publishing (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 XL Recordings Ltd. / Innovative Leisure 2021 XL Recordings Ltd / Innovative Leisure

Album Description

BADBADNOTGOOD embodies the essence of jazz, taking influences from whatever makes sense to them to make music that’s not limited by genre or boundaries. Or at least that was the case in the last decade when collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator and Ghostface Killah made them exemplars of the fashionable idea of crossing jazz and hip hop creative streams. But no one can stay on the edge forever and innovations are inevitably surpassed by others. And so, this instrumental trio has, a decade into their career, made a straight-ahead jazz rock fusion album that honors their influences like Weather Report and the Mahavishnu Orchestra as well as a star parade of living musicians they consider to be their touchstones. Chief among those paragons still breathing is Brazilian composer/singer/arranger Arthur Verocai, whose 1972 self-titled funk-jazz-samba debut has become a great lost album, much sought after by vinyl collectors and motivational for younger musicians especially in terms of its arrangements. Here Verocai has arranged a 12-piece string section on several tracks including the ELO-like "City of Mirrors." He also lends lush strings to "Besides April," its short, very delicate palette cleanser, "Beside April (Reprise)" and Talk Memory's most fully realized track, the '60s flavored "Love Proceeding," which opens with a trembling synth before stretching out into an easygoing pop vibe highlighted by a long and apropos solo by saxophonist Leland Whitty.

Recorded by Nic Jodoin and Travis Pavur, the sound of Talk Memory is spacious if slightly compressed. Another inspiration, whom they honor on the track "Unfolding (Momentum 73)," is Philadelphia zither player Laraaji who's most famous for his Brian Eno-produced album Ambient 3: Day of Radiance. And there's drummer Karriem Riggins on "Beside April" whose ambidextrous career of switching back and forth between jazz players like Diana Krall and rappers like Common fits perfectly with BBNG's shifting identity. Tracks here are all short other than the deliberately distorted opener, "Signal From the Noise," which feels like a sonic manifesto of sorts (though its gist is cloudy). And while the liner notes speak of an "aural odyssey" and a "psychedelic narrative," this once revolutionary group has here become oddly conventional, with Whitty, bassist/pianist Chester Hansen and drummer Alexander Sowinski treading the well-worn path of synth-assisted jazz fusion. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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