The Bad Plus reestablish their Midwestern roots with their annual appearance at the Dakota, where they first appeared under the name “The Bad Plus feat. Dave King” in 2000. With their fiercely iconoclastic sound and brilliant original music, they have achieved a level of success that few jazz groups have ever elevated to.
For the past thirteen years The Bad Plus: Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King, have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have inspired such controversy. Their belief in the band ethos and their personal brand of avant-garde populism have put them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement, drawing audiences both traditional and mainstream. While the bulk of their output has been original music, they have deconstructed songs in the pop, rock as well as the country and classical music idioms.
In their eighth studio album, Made Possible, they take their distinctive musical M.O. to captivating new heights, proving once again that the rules of musical convention are made to be broken. Made Possible marks a palpable departure for The Bad Plus on a few fronts. Layers of synth and electronic drum sounds can be heard prowling amid the trio’s signature acoustic palette. Also, whereas the group’s new material typically gets a thorough road test before being recorded, these songs were brought in with looser expectations and even more potent possibilities. And for the first time since 2005′s Suspicious Activity?, the band chose to record far away from its Minnesota motherland, holing up instead at a remote studio in upstate New York.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together.” -The Guardian
“ about as badass as highbrow gets.” -Rolling Stone
“With the most distinctive sound of any three-piece outfit since Nirvana, The Bad Plus again demonstrate vitality few bands rock, jazz, or whatevercan match.” -Amplifer