The Bad Plus brings rock spirit to jazz show

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Friday February 05, 2016

From Duluth News Tribune

Music review: Bad Plus brings rock spirit to jazz show
By: Mark Nicklawske

New York City-based trio the Bad Plus likes to spin jazz music around like the dial of an old FM radio.

Musical pieces dash from slow, melancholy melodies to surging bass runs and explosive drum excursions. Tempos change. Music stops. Elements of rock ‘n’ roll overcome traditional jazz figures and take on a unique, exuberant, even rowdy spirit all their own.

So it made sense that the Bad Plus performed an 80-minute set in front of a sold-out audience at a hip downtown rock club called the Red Herring last night. No, Weber Music Hall would be a bit too stuffy for these guys.

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