'Rolling Stone' and 'DownBeat' Celebrate The Bad Plus

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Monday July 02, 2018

From Broadway World

Rolling Stone and Downbeat Celebrate The Bad Plus After Release of 13th Album NEVER STOP II

The Bad Plus is having a banner year highlighted by the release of their widely acclaimed 13th studio recording, NEVER STOP II. The first Bad Plus LP to feature pianist Orrin Evans alongside founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums), NEVER STOP II is available now via Legbreaker Records.

[…] NEVER STOP II marks both a rebirth and also an affirmation between The Bad Plus enriching the trajectory of this 18-year-old band and its longstanding commitment to creative group improvised music. Upon the departure of original pianist Ethan Iverson, Anderson and King asked longtime friend Orrin Evans to join the band. Evans has been a vital contributor to the modern jazz landscape for more than 20 years with his solo projects and other groups.

“This band feels like family to me,” says Evans. “The music has a lived-in quality because of the deep relationships between the band members, and I feel really comfortable within this democratic construct.”

“That, in essence, is the nature of The Bad Plus,” says King. “When there is no leader and everyone has a personal responsibility to bring his full self to the table, no matter what the material, the resulting sound of commitment and open-hearted connection is realized. We have the chance now with Orrin to restate our message: there is no leader, there is only the music.”

“We feel that Orrin is the perfect component to continue our solidarity,” says Anderson, “and honor what the fans of this band have come to expect: a unique template for improvised music using acoustic instruments and equal voices.”

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