The Bad Plus – a Dynamic Jazz Trio

The Bad Plus – a Dynamic Jazz Trio

The group is Ethan Iverson piano, Reid Anderson bass, David King drums.

I first heard this group in a New Years Eve concert on NPR. The concert was originated by the great Jazz station, WBGO Jazz 88, Newark, NJ from the Village Vanguard in New York City.

What can I say? I am blown away by their work. If you are a serious Jazz listener, then you must hear The Bad Plus.

Wikipedia, the source of all knowledge, says, “…The trio’s music combines elements of modern Avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences. The band have recorded versions of songs by Nirvana, Aphex Twin, Blondie, Ornette Coleman, Pixies, Rush, Tears for Fears, Neil Young, David Bowie, Yes, Interpol, and Black Sabbath. Blunt Object: Live in Tokyo includes a cover of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” along with the jazz standard “My Funny Valentine”. Suspicious Activity? contains a cover of the theme from “Chariots of Fire”, while a version of “Karma Police” by Radiohead appeared on the 2006 album Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads. The band has said that they changed their sound a little bit for their sixth album, For All I Care….”

What I can say is, no one gets lost. The piano is wonderful; but the bass sets the tone and the drums – well, David King brings the drums alive.
I have heard all six albums. I will probably acquire more.

Here is what I have:

album 1
These Are The Vistas (2003) Sony

alb 4
Give (2004) Sony

alb 5
Suspicious Activity? (2005) Sony

alb 6
Blunt Object (2006) Columbia Europe

alb 3
Prog (2007) Heads Up

Alb 2
For All I Care (2008) Heads Up

Pick one, any one. If you buy it, you will buy more. All seem to be available on CD or in .mp3 at Amazon