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from The Saratogian

Jazz fest sneak peek – The ‘Bad’ boys

June 19, 2011

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bringing its “audacious, rule-breaking” style to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, The Bad Plus makes its debut on SPAC’s festival amphitheater stage on Sunday, June 26.

The jazz piano trio has earned a unique place in the jazz world by melding the genres of post-60’s jazz and indie rock and pop, reinventing hits by bands from Nirvana and Pink Floyd to the Bee Gees. Celebrating a decade together this season, The Bad Plus is regarded as one of the most cutting-edge units in jazz.

Band members drummer David King, bassist Reid Anderson and pianist Ethan Iverson all native Midwesterners, played for the first time in 1990, then went their separate ways for the better part of the decade.

Thrilled by the instant chemistry of a single club date in Minneapolis in 2000, the group made a recording, which was hailed by The New York Times as one the best releases of the 2001. Ever since, The Bad Plus has expelled all notions of what a jazz piano trio should sound like, proudly recognizing and respecting the rules while “ripping them to shreds.” “It’s about as badass as highbrow gets,” says Rolling Stone.

While the bulk of their output has been original music, they have deconstructed songs in the pop, rock as well as the country and classical music idioms.

Most recently, the band released its eighth album, “Never Stop,” the first album to consist completely of original compositions. Among the rave reviews the album has received is one by CMJ Monthly which calls the trio, “bigger and more audacious…somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.”

In March, The Bad Plus performed its groundbreaking world premiere of “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring” which was co-commissioned by Duke University and New York’s Lincoln Center.

The band’s interpretation of Stravinsky’s masterwork was met with glowing reviews including one which noted that the band “succeeded in turning a monolithic 20th century ballet score into a 21st century masterpiece…”

For the full festival lineup, audio clips and tickets to the Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, visit http://|www.spac.org/jazzfest/.

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