The Bad Plus Redefines Jazz

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Tuesday April 11, 2017

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The Bad Plus Redefines Jazz
By: Shasa Sartin

A New York City-based and Twin Cities-bred jazz trio The Bad Plus performed in the Center for Faith and Life (CFL) on April 7. David King played drums, Ethan Iverson played piano, and Reid Anderson played the bass.

‘I thought it was pretty complex stuff,’ attendee Andrew Bien (‘17) said. ‘But [it was] really cool. I definitely dug it.’

King also described their music as complex. Part of the instrumental tradition of jazz is reworking old songs. In The Bad Plus’ set they played remakes of ‘Time After Time’ by Cyndi Lauper and ‘The Robots’ by Kraftwerk.

Performing Arts Committee (PAC) volunteer Genevieve Ehlers (‘19) appreciated this aspect of their show.

‘It was cool how they took songs that people know and gave them a jazz twist,’ Ehlers said. ‘I’ve never really listened to jazz music before, and I thought they were really interesting.’

King spoke to the importance of remaking classic songs to keep them interesting.

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