Visions is a collaborative album from BADBADNOTGOOD member Leland Whitty and one of the group’s former members, Matthew Tavares. Written in three weeks and laid down in one gigantic recording session, in which the entire suite was performed with a rhythm section of bassist Julian Anderson-Bowes and drummer Matthew Chalmers. 

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Visions by Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty
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9/10 Jamie 16 March 2020

Here are two names. Names of musicians I’ve heard of -- because they are both members of one of the best bands I’ve ever seen live, I mean of course BADBADNOTGOOD / BBNG. Keyboardist / guitarist Matthew Tavares and saxophonist / flautist Leland Whitty, have made a new record and I’m very excited about it. It’s called ‘Visions’ and it’s totally jazz. Even more jazz than BADBADNOTGOOD, and then some. There’s a loose and lazy feel to the record, yet the four-piece all play immaculately. With the addition of a sterling rhythm section made up of Julian Anderson-Bowes (bass) and Matthew Chalmers (drums), there are some mighty chops showcased throughout the record. 

The album has a spacious atmosphere about it. There’s plenty of room for the bass to breathe and for drum-fills to take the stage. Tavares and Whitty wrote and produced the record -- writing took just three weeks and the recording took place in the one session in mostly first takes --  and Tavares mixed the record and arranged the strings. The strings are used sparingly, which makes them all the more effective. Every element of this record seems to float weightlessly, effortlessly -- particularly flute and bass, as heard on tracks ‘Visions Of You’ and ‘Symbols of Transformation’ -- yet it’s all gelled together so beautifully that the ‘one-take’ aspect seems miraculous to me (although, admittedly, I’m no musician). I'm also enjoying that I'm hearing bits of modernist-classical composers like Satie, Stravinsky and John Adams but that's probably just me.

The record has a lovely flow to it which belies its nature as part-composed, part-improvised. It sounds like a lost ECM classic which could have come out over four decades ago. It’s a thing of blissful, starry beauty and I love it lots. I'd consider buying it if I were you.



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