BADBADNOTGOOD | Love Supreme Jazz Festival

This fresh Canadian jazz ensemble, have received much hype over the last year. They were voted BBC 6 music’s album of the year and have collaborated with some huge names, including the sought-after producer Kaytranada. It was therefore no surprise to see their set at Love Supreme filled to the brim with devoted fans catching inspirational melodies.

Recreating the complex, produced sounds from their new album ‘IV’ was always going to be a challenge but it was made possible due to the multi-talented woodwind front man, Leland Whitty. He switched from tenor to soprano sax to flute for each number, and so enabled the band to display distinct sonic variations and different textures of each song.

The audience moved in unison to the intricate bass lines of one of their older tunes ‘Kaleidoscope’ from the album ‘III’, and responded with affection to the witty vocal exhortations from Alexander Sowinski who explains, “smiles all around baby”. He pumped up the crowd from behind his drum kit throughout, which was a welcome boost on the occasions when the set seemed to lack some momentum.

They finished by encouraging everyone to put a peace sign up in the air together. The crowd left in harmonious agreement, that BadBadNotGood are a force to be reckoned with.

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