Wednesday, December 12 2012
Jazz today remains the music that stays alive through a remarkable alchemy. On this list, traditions that go back to the jazz roots co-exist with modern pop tunes, and the avant-garde edges of the music blend in fluid ease with tonal beauty.
Sunday, January 23 2011
The Bad Plus is about equally likely to play Nirvana or play Stravinsky. But mostly they play their brand of up-to-the-minute jazz. Will Layman looks at the new recording by the Bad Plus, Never Stop, discusses the band’s history, and talks it over with the group’s pianist, Ethan Iverson.
Monday, October 29 2012
I keep waiting for the Bad Plus to screw up. Could it be that For All I Care was the closest they'll ever get?
Sunday, February 13 2011
No longer hiding behind irony, The Bad Plus emerge unscathed and even more worthy of applause.
Wednesday, February 18 2009
By adding a vocalist, the Bad Plus feel reduced to mere backing-band status, something that a group this talented should never, ever be subjugated to.
Monday, May 28 2007
Jazz trio covers Tears for Fears without irony, Bowie with care, and outdoes Rush's "Tom Sawyer" with their originals. No jazz album this year even comes cloes.
Thursday, May 6 2004
Thursday, April 8 2010
As far as this musically adventurous but honest jazz piano trio goes, the whole is easily greater than the sum of its parts.