BADBADNOTGOOD – III

BADBADNOTGOOD - III_FRONTPlease bear with me for a moment: this¬†review is about a young Canadian jazz trio that calls itself BadBadNotGood, which is written as BADBADNOTGOOD and abbreviated as BBNG. Seems simple right? Alas, it isn’t, especially when learning that BADBADNOTGOOD also is known under the confusing names of GoodGoodNotBad and The Odd Trio. Solely judging on the many band names one could say they’re struggling to find a¬†comfort zone within the unruly landscape of the contemporary¬†jazz scene. Or are they¬†just here for the fun of it?¬†Earlier this month BBNG dropped their third studio album since they started out in 2011 and remarkably carries the convenient name… III. Continue reading

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Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (2013)

Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (2013)Lets face it, Gregory Porter is all about superlatives. With his impressive appearance and magnificent voice Porter is among today’s top jazz vocalists. Since the release of the debut album Water (2010) everything he touched turned into gold. Water was enthusiastically welcomed by the press and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. In 2012 his sophomore release Be Good proved to be just as successful as its predecessor. Be Good was a number-one debut on the iTunes Jazz Album Chart and reached top ten positions on various other charts. Moreover Porter was honoured with another Grammy nomination for the single ‚ÄėReal Good Hands‚Äô. Recently I saw Gregory Porter perform on the¬†North Sea Jazz Festival with the Metropole Orchestra and, to throw in another superlative, it was breathtaking. Porter is on a high, so there¬īs no surprise a new release in 2013 was on the stocks. Beforehand there was no reason for fans and critics to worry about quality of Liquid Spirit, for Indeed the brand ‚ÄúGregory Porter‚Äú already stands for high quality jazz and soul. I However am obliged to uphold a critical attitude to all that¬īs hyped and hip and therefore question if the towering achievements of Porter
don¬īt lead to a case of the Midas touch. Continue reading