ProgHeads Up #ad - As with the bad plus' previous releases, the group's original compositions are the meat of the album: "Giant" and "Physical Cities" carve out huge walls of sonic space with abandon. This is rockist jazz, a postmodern fusion that relies greatly on tricky time signatures and mashups of seemingly incongruous sound.
They're jokes that are funny the first time but not so much the second or third. The other covers, especially their florid take on Rush's "Tom Sawyer, " may be likely to get the most attention of anything on the album. It's not likely this music will age spectacularly well, but so what? If you're looking for some engaging and conversation-inducing dinner music preceding an evening spent watching Napoleon Dynamite or any Wes Anderson flick, this is just the thing.
Prog #ad - You have to hear the bad plus's lush, lovely instrumental approach to Tears for Fears' hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World. It's a slowly-evolving meditation on the tune that clearly is in love with its melody and structure. But they rely too much on irony, on people's previous perceptions of the music, and do not seem quite as enamored of the original.
Mike mcgonigal Bad plus- Prog. It might be the finest jazz cover of an '80s song since Miles Davis cut Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" back in the day.
It's HardSONY MASTERWORKS #ad - Their expressive reading of prince s the beautiful Ones -- coincidentally recorded a month before the legend s untimely death is a potent tribute to a figure that loomed large in the lives of these Minnesotan musicians. The genre-smashing band has crafted a repertoire of innovative original music, along with a daring series of iconoclastic covers spanning such diverse artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman.
While the four most recent bad plus albums have focused on predominantly original material, It s Hard showcases the trio s inimitable gift for intrepid and audacious interpretation. A lyrical take on crowded house s don t dream it s over stands alongside the motorik futurism of Kraftwerk s The Robots and the post-millennial indie creativity of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Maps and TV On The Radio s Staring At The Sun, and more via an unmatched gift for wit, country, prog rock, altering pop, psychedelia, harmonic innovation and rhythmic brilliance.
It's Hard #ad - The bad plus has spent nearly two decades expanding the parameters of what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The bad plus eleventh studio recording, pianist ethan iverson, It s Hard sees the leaderless trio bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King returning to the distinctive deconstruction of pop forms that first drew them international attention almost two decades ago.
Bad plus- Prog. Recorded this past april at nyc s brooklyn recording with longtime engineer Pete Rende Joshua Redman, Bill McHenry, the album spans both era and inspiration as The Bad Plus offer new perspectives on classic songs from the 1970s to the 2010s. No matter the material, the bad plus continue to mine the very same aesthetic principles that inspired their inception, exploring myriad musical forms through the unparalleled interpretive power of jazz.
Made PossibleAdult/Jazz/Classics - eOne 25546639 #ad - Independent to the core the Bad Plus are the first and only group to bridge the gap between no-compromise jazz and cutting edge alternative. They re road dogs, concert halls, equally at home in jazz clubs, rock venues, and festivals around the world. Their new album is Made Possible. Shrink-wrapped. Picking up where their acclaimed collection, Never Stop, left off, Made Possible is another creative musical advance: music made to capture and hold the attention of aware listeners everywhere.
Made Possible #ad - Nine originals, but infused with energy, irreverence, tightly performed, and an attitude of surprise. Bad plus- Prog.
Blue WorldVerve #ad - Blue World #ad - Shrink-wrapped. In 1964, the national film board of canada asked john Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled 'Le chat dans le sac" "The Cat in the Bag". Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film. For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard.
Shrink-wrapped. In june of that year, coltrane's Classic Quartet entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals. Now, with the release of blue World, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time Bad plus- Prog.
Never StopAdult/Jazz/Classics - eOne #ad - You re going to have to deal with us some time or another, " says Iverson. For the past ten years the bad plus reid anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano and David King on drums have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. Shrink-wrapped. Bad plus- Prog. Rolling stone called their amalgam of jazz, rock and avant garde about as badass as highbrow gets, pop, while The New York Times said the band is better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post- 60s jazz and indie rock.
We re never going to stop. The new album, is a ten-track set, never stop, the group s first album of all-original material, strictly an instrumental affair and a collection whose live groove belies its studio origins. From gentle and melodic to fierce and abstract, NEVER STOP does just what the title says: it keeps rolling and flowing, from swing to 80s techno, a kinetic playground of new sounds.
Never Stop #ad - It s a rapid-fire succession of engaging performances showcasing the band's range as well as its three distinct personalities. With a year-long anniversary tour planned for 2010-2011, The Bad Plus is ready to solidify its status as the go-to band for the ultimate in jazz and beyond. Shrink-wrapped. Ten years together is a milestone we chose to mark with a set of originals, said Iverson.
Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends.
For All I CareHeads Up #ad - The album marks the first Bad Plus recording to include a guest vocalist as the fourth instrument in its sonic arsenal. In that same sense, this is still very much a Bad Plus record. 2009 release from the progressive Jazz trio joined on this album from guest vocalist Wendy Lewis. The recording is inspired in part by the collaborative recording by John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman, released in 1963.
Bad plus- for All I Care. We just happen to have a great singer singing the songs with us. Bad plus- Prog. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped. But for all i care is more than just an album pairing a singer with a backing band. Coltrane's quartet had already developed a group language, and then they enlisted this incredible singer without changing the language of the band, ' says the band.
Inevitable WesternSONY MASTERWORKS 29280125 #ad - The bad plus bassist reid anderson, and drummer David King have a well earned reputation for daring deconstruction, pianist Ethan Iverson, pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. That primary spark continues to burn on tracks like anderson s lyrical "do it again" or the post rock twists and turns of King's "Gold Prisms Incorporated" The Iverson composition which gives "Inevitable Western" its title, evokes a wide-open milieu redolent of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas and the American west of Richard Avedon.
Rich with humor and mystery, "inevitable Western" is The Bad Plus at their best, affirming them as one of the most audacious and imaginative musical collectives of this or any other era. The album sees the group exploring the same set of aesthetic principles that fired their inception, a rigorous exploration of myriad musical forms born of jazz but advanced using any sonic source material that forwardstheir own indefinable thing.
Inevitable Western #ad - The bad plus tenth studio recording and first collection of original material since 2012's "Made Possible", "Inevitable Western" continues the leaderless trio's committed belief in what they've dubbed avant-garde populism' the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.
Most recently, the acclaimed trio took on one of the most influential works of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring, " released earlier this year. Bad plus- for All I Care. Shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrapped.
GiveSBME SPECIAL MKTS. 32974616 #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Bad plus- Prog. Bad plus- for All I Care. Shrink-wrapped.
Suspicious Activity?Sony Legacy #ad - Shrink-wrapped. Suspicious activity? by The Bad Plus Bad plus- Prog. Shrink-wrapped. Bad plus- for All I Care.
The Bad Plus Joshua RedmanNonesuch 34102068 #ad - He came in knowing our music to the point of memorizing it, with great, positive energy. Redman adds, and my musical heritage, "playing with The Bad Plus has allowed me to explore a part of my playing, that I’ve never before accessed in quite the same way with any other group. On the album, however, there is still a focus on composition.
Anderson told minneapolis’ Star Tribune: "Josh is a professional of the highest order. They then played a handful of dates before heading into the studio in 2014 to record their debut album, which Nonesuch releases on May 26, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, 2015. More than that, it's as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place.
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman #ad - On the live gigs, josh plays magnificent, long tenor solos which are very much in the jazz tradition, " said Iverson. Bad plus- for All I Care. It’s fun to for us to enjoy that extended blowing territory, especially with someone as great as Josh. Redman joshua. Music. The adventure with the Bad Plus pushes me toward the fringes and draws me into the core.
Bad plus- Prog.