The Bad Plus

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Photograph: Jay Fram
The Bad Plus
Once known mainly as the quirky trio that made its name covering rock and pop tunes, the Bad Plus now comes off as an exemplary contemporary jazz combo, by turns cerebral, visceral and disarmingly emotive. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King boast a rare magnetism that transcends genre, even when the band undertakes something as challenging as Stravinsky's ballet Rite of Spring (heard on a recent TBP CD) or Ornette Coleman's Science Fiction LP (heard at a recent local live date). Here, the trio digs into its increasingly deep back catalog, fleshed out on another fine 2014 release, Inevitable Western, during a six-night New Year's run.
Event phone: 212-255-4037
Event website: http://villagevanguard.com
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