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At their last Toronto show at the Danforth Music Hall on March 12th, BADBADNOTGOOD announced that longtime saxophone player/guitarist Leland Whitty would permanently join their lineup. Once a trio, now a quartet, it feels only fitting that the group is currently putting in major work on their aptly titled album IV.
Today, the band shared a taste of what’s to come with “Speaking Gently,” a spiraling 4-minute jam with psychedelic organ leads, spastic drum grooves, and a wandering bassline, capped off with a stellar sax solo during the bridge. Based on this song alone, the new iteration of BBNG might lend itself to ‘70s prog-rock comparisons more-so than straight up jazz, at times sounding more like King Crimson worshippers than students of Miles Davis.
Listen to “Speaking Gently” below. BADBADNOTGOOD’s IV will arrive later this year, via Innovative Leisure.