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The Many Sounds of Jazz in 2019: A Listener's Guide

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Wednesday December 11, 2019

From Rolling Stone

The Many Sounds of Jazz in 2019: A Listener’s Guide
By:HANK SHTEAMER

“After their 2018 triumph Never Stop II, the Bad Plus kept their momentum going on Activate Infinity, the trio’s second album with pianist Orrin Evans. The record reaffirmed that the personnel switch hasn’t shifted their focus away from beguiling jazz-prog-pop gems that sound at once familiar and eccentric. Bad Plus bassist and drummer Reid Anderson and Dave King showed how adaptable their aesthetic was on Golden Valley Is Now, where they joined up with old friend and collaborator Craig Taborn ‘” playing synths and electric piano in addition to the acoustic ‘” for an enchanting album that sounded like their main band filtered through Eighties synth-pop and Nineties electronica. “

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