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Monday January 04, 2016

From Twin Cities Pioneer Press

The Bad Plus bring finesse, adventurous music to the Dakota
By: Dan Emerson

Jazz trio The Bad Plus, who performed the third night of their annual, Christmastime four-night stand at the Dakota Sunday night, have been described as a jazz “collective.”

It’s a word more commonly associated with the counter-culture of the 1960s (and early ’70s), than with Generation X-ers like the three members of The Bad Plus. But it’s an apt description of the iconoclastic trio’s democratic approach, since every performance by the combo seems to feature compositions written by each of the three members: pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King.

The Bad Plus opened Sunday night’s early show with Anderson’s “Let Our Garden Grow,” from the band’s 2005 album “Suspicious Activity.” It started with an extended intro played solo by the bassist, establishing a spare melodic theme, before Iverson added some simple piano lines and King chimed in with some skittering cymbal beats.

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