BADBADNOTGOODIII Innovative Leisure IL2019CD (2014)

Rock meets jazz, more in the sense of jazz-inflected prog rock (Zappa‘s Hot Rats) than rock-inflected jazz (MilesBitches Brew).  Though they can still play straight jazz to boot (“differently, still”).  But this is surely a group of musicians more steeped in math rock (Battles, Don Caballero), electronic music (DJ Shadow) and hip-hop (Prefuse 73) than the sorts of things first-generation jazz fusion artists were listening to.  These Canadian youngsters play well.  Mostly they go for a harmlessly aggressive, moody atmosphere.  They don’t try to shove technical prowess in your face, which is what makes this so listenable.