The Bad Plus
In the decade since the Bad Plus has been together, the adventurous jazz trio has included cover songs on each of its recordings. Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King have deconstructed and reimagined cuts by everyone from the Pixies and Nirvana to Bowie and Blondie. Last year's For All I Care, which featured vocalist Wendy Lewis, comprised mostly covers. But while the Bad Plus guys can turn other people's songs inside out and make them their own, they're each damn fine composers and virtuosic players in their own right — as evidenced on earlier discs like These Are the Vistas, Give and Prog, but especially on their latest effort, Never Stop, their first album made up entirely of original compositions. Released in September, Never Stop is a bold collection of ten new songs that reflect the unit's confident playing style.
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