Talk Memory
(XL Recordings/ Innovative Leisure)

In the five years since the Canadian group BadBadNotGood released its last album, there have been changes. Original keyboardist Matthew Tavares departed, dividing the duties on keys between Chester Hansen (primarily the group’s bassist) and Leland Whitty (primarily the group’s reedist). Rounded out by Alexander Sowinski on drums, the trio is still new school iconoclastic with a slightly different angle.

With Talk Memory, BBNG has constructed an album closer to the vein of jazz than the genre roads they travel as producers for others. Yet, they maintain their congenial approach, working with Arthur Verocai adding string arrangements or Karriem Riggins doubling up on drums or the texture of Brandee Younger’s harp. It lands these fellas as still accomplished composers and even tighter performers.

It all works because as much as BadBadNotGood has received hype over the years for morphing jazz, they’ve remained energetic practitioners of the genre. Talk Memory is proof.

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December 2022
Kenny Barron
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