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Jazz Today: L.A. Keys-Wiz Kait Dunton on Making Jazz Sound Easy

Once a member of Snarky Puppy, Kait Dunton talk with PopMatters about making it from the other coast and learning to go electric.

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The Best Jazz of 2014

The skeptics who claim jazz is weaker than before simply aren't listening. As these 16 albums reveal, jazz remains on the cutting edge.

Will Layman and John Garratt
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The Bad Plus: Inevitable Western

The gloriously varied piano trio returns to a program of all-original music, still mixing jazz, rock, classical, avant-garde, and you-name-it styles in a way that defies convention.

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Evocation of the Ancestors: An Interview with the Bad Plus

In tackling Stravinsky, the Bad Plus tell PopMatters how they've met their most interesting challenge yet.

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Dave King Trucking Company: Adopted Highway

The Bad Plus drummer takes another swipe with his new band and hits the sweet spot for modern roots jazz.

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Dave King Trio: I've Been Ringing You

King Dave holds tight to his sceptre and takes us all to Sunday school.

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The Bad Plus: Made Possible

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?

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The Top 10 Jazz Tunes For People Who Don't Like Jazz

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.

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The Bad Plus: Never Stop

No longer hiding behind irony, The Bad Plus emerge unscathed and even more worthy of applause.

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The Bad Plus Plays It Straight(ish)

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.

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The Bad Plus: 7.April.2010 - New York

As far as this musically adventurous but honest jazz piano trio goes, the whole is easily greater than the sum of its parts.

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The Bad Plus: For All I Care

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.

Evan Sawdey
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The Bad Plus: Prog

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.

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The Bad Plus: Give

Christine Klunk
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