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The Bad Plus Return with “Activate Infinity”
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The Bad Plus Return with “Activate Infinity”

The Bad Plus have released “Activate Infinity,” marking their second album since their new lineup with pianist Orrin Evans. The trio, rounded out by Dave King and Reid Anderson, still has the same boisterous energy as their previous work.

The Bad Plus Releases All-Covers Album
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The Bad Plus Releases All-Covers Album

Iconoclastic bass-piano-drums jazz trio The Bad Plus – known for its unexpected cover versions of songs – has released its 11th album, It’s Hard, an album exclusively composed of covers. The record, featuring Reid Anderson on bass, showcases the trio’s take on a wide variety of pop, prog rock, country, and alt-rock tunes. According to NPR’s First Listen, the band’s...

The Bad Plus Create an “Inevitable Western” with Latest Release
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The Bad Plus Create an “Inevitable Western” with Latest Release

The Bad Plus, on the heels of releasing its take on The Rite of Spring earlier this year, has now released its first album of original music since 2012’s Made Possible. is an album “rich with mystery,” according to the website for the leaderless avant-jazz piano-bass-drums trio. The group is devoted to exploring musical forms birthed from jazz, and those...

The Bad Plus Reimagines Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”
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The Bad Plus Reimagines Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”

The Bad Plus has redefined Stravinsky’s classical piece for ballet, , as a work for an acoustic jazz trio of piano, bass and drums. The group’s version of Stravinsky’s composition debuted in 2011 and the trio has performed it live in the years since. Now the interpretation from the group — known for its inventiveness and predilection for the avant...

The Bad Plus Release “Made Possible”
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The Bad Plus Release “Made Possible”

The Bad Plus have released their eighth studio album, Made Possible, on the Entertainment One Music label. The effort may mark a new era for the band as they chose to include electronic percussion and synthesizers, which is a first for their traditionally acoustic sonic palette. The new layer was brought in mostly by bassist Reid Anderson, who played synthesizer...

The Bad Plus Announce Winter Tour
Concerts & Tours

The Bad Plus Announce Winter Tour

The Bad Plus is hitting the road, in support of their latest release, Never Stop. The tour kicks off on December 2, 2010 and runs through January 9th, 2011, taking the band coast to coast in the US. The trio, including bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King, completed a tour of Australia and Europe this fall,...

Album Review: The Bad Plus – Never Stop
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Album Review: The Bad Plus – Never Stop

Over a decade since their formation, The Bad Plus (known for their ingenious jazz takes on rock, pop, electronica and contemporary classical tunes) have released their first record entirely consisting of originals, Never Stop. The piano, bass and drums trio have a special empathy from their decade together and make a great range of sounds creating their own genre drawing...