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Wednesday July 13, 2016

From The Wall Street Journal

Listen to the Bad Plus Cover Prince’s ‘The Beautiful Ones’ From the Trio’s Upcoming Album ‘It’s Hard’ (Exclusive)
By: Mike Ayers

For the first new song from New York City-based jazz trio the Bad Plus’s upcoming album “It’s Hard,” they returned to their Midwestern roots for a cover of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones.” “It has a great melody, interesting changes and clear sections. And it’s dramatic,” says bassist Reid Anderson, who grew up in Minnesota. “It’s undeniably pop music, but it’s also a little strange. It kind of sums up Prince’s appeal in that way.” The song premieres today on Speakeasy below.

Anderson says this song in particular was a bit tough to record – they had to scrap their original arrangement. They instead approached it like an electronic music piece, stripping it down further. “After that, things fell into place pretty quickly,” he says.

“The Beautiful Ones” is featured on an album of cover songs that demonstrate the group’s diverse influences and their knack for making pop music into jazz songs – something they’ve been doing since their inception in 2000. The band recorded the 11-song album over the course of three days this past April, where they take on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps,” Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line,” Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and TV on the Radio’s “Staring at the Sun,” among others.

To read the full article and stream “The Beautiful Ones” click here