5 Acts Not to Miss at Newport Jazz Fest

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Thursday July 28, 2016

From The Providence Journal

5 acts not to miss at the Newport Jazz Festival
By: Andy Smith

The Bad Plus
Here’s a recommendation from Danny Melnick, who was promoted this year from associate producer to producer of the jazz festival.

The Bad Plus is an innovative New York City trio consisting of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. In the past they’ve covered tunes by Nirvana, the Pixies, Queen, Yes, Black Sabbath and more. At Newport this weekend, they will be augmented by horn players Tim Berne, Ron Miles and Sam Newsome for a performance of Ornette Coleman’s 1972 album, “Science Fiction.”

They’ve played it before, in 2014. “Clearly, the players know and love the album. But they were also able to use the source material as a kind of wall for bouncing off their own ideas about individual sound and group interplay,” wrote Ben Ratliff in The New York Times.

Check it out Saturday at Fort Adams at 1 p.m. on the Main Stage.

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