Jazz never stopped being cool, but Toronto upstarts BADBADNOTGOOD have been doing their best to make sure everybody knows that.  On their latest album, IV, they continue their mission, and the results are astonishing.  It’s weird, but catchy, with an exceptional balance of mellow grooves and experimental jams.  But none of it ever seems contrived or overthought.  Make no mistake, these are airtight arrangements, but every song still feels so damned natural.  These guys feel every single note they play, which is part of what makes them so captivating.  There are also a few outstanding collaborations on the record, which serve to give the band a human voice here and there.  They don’t even necessarily need it, but it only adds to an already perfect exercise in modern jazz.

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