Wedged in between appearances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival backing Odd Future's Frank Ocean, the Canadian piano trio BadBadNotGood comes to the Mint on Tuesday with a small storm of controversy in its wake after a rather mouthy turn in a Toronto magazine recently.
Scoffing at, among other things, jazz education, tradition and Robert Glasper (who in the group's view doesn't go far enough in mixing hip-hop and jazz), BadBadNotGood has the brashness that befits a young trio, whose oldest member at 21 is keyboardist Matt Tavarez.
As a result BadBadNotGood briefly became a hotly debated topic in the jazz blogosphere this month, and the Ottawa Citizen's excellent Peter Hum wrote a detailed response to the group's music and antics that further fueled the discussion.
Well, at least they're talking about you, right? But what about the music? The group became something of a viral phenomenon for a YouTube clip endorsed by Odd Future's Tyler the Creator that showed the trio covering the L.A. hip-hop group -- no strangers to provocation in their own right -- and a new album is now available for download on the group's website with covers of My Bloody Valentine, Feist and Kanye West.