Canadian jazz ensemble BADBADNOTGOOD shared the video for Open Channels, previously only available on physical copies of their highly-celebrated psychedelic jazz album Talk Memory, released last year via XL Recordings.
Open Channels arrives to streaming services and with a black and white short film directed by Sylvain Chaussée. Talk Memory, the band's first album with XL Recordings in partnership with Innovative Leisure, features 9 new songs and includes musical contributions from Arthur Verocai, Karriem Riggins, Terrace Martin, Laraaji and acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger, who has worked with Moses Sumney and Thundercat. Sporting visuals from Virgil Abloh, whose design firm Alaska-Alaska™ designed the cover for Talk Memory, the album is an evolution focused on collaboration and the magic of improvised live performance.
BadBadNotGood formed in 2010, moving between three and four members before establishing its current line up in 2015. The band, aka Alexander Sowinski (drums), Chester Hansen (bass) and Leland Whitty (guitar and woodwinds), met on the Humber College jazz program in Toronto. At the time, instead of working with traditional jazz standards, the group sidestepped and drew from hip hop and other contemporary genres to create a unique sound rooted in Black American music, but 2021’s Talk Memory pays homage to the musicians, composers and influences that first informed their work.
Listen to BADBADNOTGOODnew single Open Channels, from the band's new album Talk Memory:
BADBADNOTGOOD latest album emphasizes how music as a conversation is innately collaborative and improvisational. In a way, their album is a giant take on a classic moment from live jazz or soul, where a band’s ‘leader’ would introduce each member of an ensemble and invite applause. In turn BBNG, have created an album that is a heartfelt expression of joy for the music and community they are lucky to inhabit.
BADBADNOTGOOD will embark on a run of tour dates in North America and Europe kicking off next week, full tour routing is listed here. Tickets are on sale now at badbadnotgood.com.
Watch below video to BADBADNOTGOODnew single Open Channels, from the band's new album Talk Memory:
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