The Worst Pop Band Ever
With influences ranging from Wayne Shorter to Levon Helm to J Dilla, The Worst Pop Band Ever is a Toronto based quintet that tries to combine a love of improvisational jazz and indie pop. Featuring two Juno award winners, the members of the WPBE have worked with a who's who of Canadian and international musicians, including Ernie Watts, Brad Goode, Feist, Blue Rodeo, Quique Escamilla, Laila Biali, Brandi Disterheft, Kevin Clarke and the Shuffle Demons. Together, whether it be blending acoustic bass with turntables or analog synths with the saxophone, the WPBE sets out to twist and bend both originals and covers, straddling genres and butting heads with expectation.
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Street wise yet substantive, these compositions would appeal to fans of Vijay
Iyer, Brad Mehldau, or DJ Logic, as dealt by the poised sax/piano front line (Chris
Gale and Dafydd Hughes), a robust rhythm section (bassist Drew Birston and
drummer Tim Shia), and excellent colorizations by turntablist Leo37....From start
to finish Dost Thou Believeth in Science? is hip enough and deep enough for
jazzers and non-jazzers alike.
Mark Turner (All About Jazz.com)
The music's fresh, may appeal to pop lovers but assuredly
to jazzers keen on a kind of driven fluency as genre
stylings are examined, discarded and reworked
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