Eva Kruse to release New Legend

Bassist Eva Kruse, best known for her work with Michael Wollny, and joined by among others Wollny drummer Eric Schaefer, has an interesting new album New Legend out this summer. Released by the Swedish Prophone label Kruse, who studied acoustic …

Published: 25 Jun 2020. Updated: 10 days.

Bassist Eva Kruse, best known for her work with Michael Wollny, and joined by among others Wollny drummer Eric Schaefer, has an interesting new album New Legend out this summer.

Released by the Swedish Prophone label Kruse, who studied acoustic bass and improvisation at the university of arts n Berlin with Sigi Busch, Jerry Granelli and David Friedman and later in Sweden with Anders Jormin and during her time with German youth-jazzorchester BuJazzO took classes with the much missed pianist John Taylor who proved a big inspiration to the German player.

Completing the record line-up are Tjadina Wake-Walker, Uwe Steinmetz, and Christian Jormin. Listen to the title track, with its Delius-like opening, above.

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BADBADNOTGOOD: Bridging Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Everything in Between

It's been a pretty good time for music. We've entered an age wherein varying genres of all kinds are being represented in the music scene. And while we could chalk this up to modern audiences being more receptive to new music due to its …

Published: 24 Jun 2020. Updated: 11 days.

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It's been a pretty good time for music. We've entered an age wherein varying genres of all kinds are being represented in the music scene. And while we could chalk this up to modern audiences being more receptive to new music due to its accessibility, we also have to acknowledge that musicians and artists nowadays are more open to being influenced by the music of yesteryear. Indeed, artists nowadays take the old with the new to create a sonic experience like no other. And while we could name countless of artists that do this particularly well, one stands out from the rest.

Toronto-based jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD is a creative force that fuels the new jazz movement. They're currently made up of Chester Hansen, Alexander Sowinski, Leland Whitty, and James Hill. Matt Tavares was a founder of the group but has since left the project. They've done this by taking classic jazz principles and combining them with elements that would not traditionally be found within the genre. If you want to know more about this and the band, read on for a quick profile of BADBADNOTGOOD!

Humble Beginnings

If we're to track the origins of BADBADNOTGOOD all signs will point us to one track that the group released back in 2010. While the band was mostly known for making refreshing renditions of hip-hop classics with a jazz twist, the track that propelled them into the mainstream consciousness would be their take on Nas' 'The World Is Yours'. Capitalising on their success, they then started touring and filling venues with their ever-growing fanbase.

Another landmark moment when it comes to BADBADNOTGOOD's artistic journey would be when they were contacted by Odd Future's co-founder Tyler the Creator to come and support them at their shows. This gave them a significant bump in publicity as the group was now associated with rising stars of the hip-hop scene, even backing Frank Ocean at Coachella back in 2012.

Distinctive Style

The group has had a pretty substantial career. They've released five full-length studio albums since 2011, all of which helped establish the group's distinct style. Out of all these albums Sour Soul and IV standout. Sour Soul leaned into the band's hip-hop influences. It also helped that they worked on the album in collaboration with the Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah.

IV, on the other hand, highlights the band's unique musicality made possible by all the individual parts of the group working in total and complete congruence. Hansen’s characteristic bass tones are achieved through a combination of pedals, among them the Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff Pi, which is how he gets the warm and beefy bottom ends and accentuates the group's strengths. This is most evident in tracks such as 'Lavender' and 'Time Moves Slow'. Both of these tracks emphasise Hansen's bass playing and Sowinski's masterful work on the drums that turns his humble Ludwig Classic Drum Kit into a fine-tuned machine.

IV marked the end of an era with the original members of the group, it's also an indication of how far they can still go if they choose to do so. While the future of the group is far from certain, it's safe to assume good things from BADBADNOTGOOD.

If you're looking for more good music to listen to, check out our latest Marlbank playlist.

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