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Friday March 29, 2013

From Playbill Arts

The Bad Plus
By: Scott H. Thompson

For more than a dozen years, The Bad Plus has pushed the boundaries of what we have come to know as the jazz trio, playing everything from David Bowie to Pink Floyd as part of their repertoire.

With Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass, and Dave King on drums, The Bad Plus make their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut on April 12–13 in The Allen Room with special guest guitarist Bill Frisell. They’ll surely add new dimensions to JALC’s 25th year anniversary celebration.

Theirs is truly a unique approach and sound, often described as avant-garde jazz mixed with rock and pop influences. “It is ultimately jazz, but we’re not afraid of the influence of rock. We should’ve made up a name for it when we started,” Iverson says with a smile. “Someone said we’re avant-garde populists, which was pretty good. What’s really important is that we’re a band. A lot of jazz groups are so-and-so’s quintet, or quartet or trio. A crucial part of our development as musicians is that we’re a unified sound, the sound of the three of us together.”

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