While jazz’s complexity cannot be denied, much of the music remains accessible to all. The trick is just finding the right tunes and artists, those who have a universal appeal beyond the scope of the typical, admittedly somewhat limited, jazz audience.
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.