Article By: Ryan Bigham
Jazz is the granddaddy of rock. It was the foundation for which all other modern musical styles evolved from. Whether it be the danceable big band jazz, the musically explosive and indescribable free jazz, or the more commercially tinged easy listening of smooth jazz, the genre has a song for everyone. Sadly, for many people, jazz remains a relic of the past, doomed forever to lie in its grave, having been overtaken by other genres. However, the young members of BADBADNOTGOOD, brought jazz back to life for a night in the Fox Theatre-- a potent reminder of what makes the genre so incredible to listeners.
BADBADNOTGOOD is a jazz quartet hailing from Toronto, Canada. The talented individuals of the quartet can be heard in many modern rap tracks, as their collaborative partners include rap industry giants like Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Tyler The Creator. In addition, they are the world’s least aptly named band.
I’m sure the jokes about BADBADNOTGOOD’s name are multitudinous and prolific, but I am not here to disparage a band for their name. I am here, lovely reader, to review the concert put on by this band, and give my opinion on it. In that regard, I must then extol this concert vigorously. It was simply a mind-blowing experience, one that connected the audience through melodic chord progressions and magnificent solo work by each member of the band.
At one point, towards the finale of their show, the drummer of the band requested that the audience get low, down to the ground, and only jump up when he counted down. The audience complied easily, seemingly controlled by the hypnotic repetition and harmony of the instruments. When the audience was finally allowed back to their feet, and began jumping in sync to the frenetic playing of the music, I truly realized the power of music to bring mankind together. As I looked out across the flowing crowd, I saw frat boys and nerds. The old and the young. All of whom were united in their love and passion for the concert unfolding before them.
The concert was easily one of the best live performances I’ve seen in my life, as I’m sure you can tell by the wall of text above this. No matter how I tried, I’m not sure I can accurately describe the feeling that BADBADNOTGOOD brings to their concerts. However, I can tell you that each member has a respect for their instrument like few others in the music industry do. If this is only their beginning, I eagerly await their future work, and hope they return to Boulder soon.
A few big thanks are owed to BADBADNOTGOOD, for the sublime show, and of course, to you, my reader. Without you, I wouldn’t be writing. For that you deserve true thanks from the bottom of my heart. Keep that heart beating, and soul strong, and I’ll see you in my next review. Peace.