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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

“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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Miles Davis Miles Davis
Charles Mingus Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Julius Hemphill Julius Hemphill
sax, alto
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey
Greyboy Allstars Greyboy Allstars
Robert Walter Robert Walter
organ, Hammond B3
Club d'Elf Club d'Elf