Reid Anderson discusses The Bad Plus

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Friday September 29, 2017

From Daily Times Entertainment

Jazz trio Bad Plus makes final Philly area performance with Ethan Iverson
By: Brian Bingaman

Over the past 17 years, the irreverent power trio came to be known for their creativity, flair for live performance and unexpected reinventions of songs like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Comfortably Numb’ and Vangelis’ ‘Chariots of Fire’ theme.

‘There’s anecdotal evidence that we’ve been the gateway to jazz for (people) … they thought they didn’t like jazz,’ said bassist Reid Anderson.

The Bad Plus’ recordings sometimes sound as if the group is violently coming unglued while rambling in their own separate directions, and about to dissolve into complete chaos. But that’s exactly the moment when the ensemble reunites with authority. ‘Everything we play, we know deeply,’ Anderson said of the secret behind pulling that off.

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