BADBADNOTGOOD is a supremely talented Canadian trio made up of Matthew Tavares on keyboards, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011, the group has challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future.
The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material on their debut BBNG (2011) offered a fresh take on the traditional "standard" applied to hip hop classics by taking on choice cuts from the golden era rap cannon and writing inspired arrangements for them instead of one-dimensional covers. The band hit a landmark by introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay," "Vices" and "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance.
2014's Frank Dukes-produced III proved to be the trio's biggest project to that point and their first album of all original material. It was a longlist nominee for the Polaris Music Prize and busted into the Top 10 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums and Jazz Albums charts.