The Bad Plus, Monday, April 29, 2013


The Bad Plus
Monday, April 29, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.” – CMJ Magazine

The Bad Plus has spent over a decade challenging and refining what a piano/bass/drums trio can, and should, be. On their eighth album, titled Made Possible, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King are taking their distinctive aesthetic to new heights. Layers of synthesizer and electronic drum sounds can be heard prowling amid the trio’s signature acoustic palette. The album’s nine tracks, including eight originals, showcase all that this trio is capable of, plus the new twists and turns with which they always surprise.

Since their inception in 2001, The Bad Plus have broken down the walls of jazz convention and have created a body of work which has simultaneously broadened and crossed genres.  While the bulk of their output has consisted of original music, they are beloved by their fans for deconstructing well-known songs across the pop, rock, country and classical musical idioms.

Often complete with sweeping dynamic shifts and driving motifs, their arrangements always bring home new ideas, whether the song at hand was composed by themselves, or an outside source…say, Tears For Fears (who provided The Bad Plus’ set-staple “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”).  The trio’s new album, Made Possible, features eight new, original tunes, as well as Paul Motian’s “Victoria.”

For the first time since 2005’s Suspicious Activity? the band recorded far away from its Minnesota motherland, holing up in a remote studio in upstate New York.  Perhaps this change in location is partially responsible for the glorious new elements in the band’s sound.  With dashes of synthesizer and drum machine, the results present pulse-pounding anthems, bright-eyed melancholia, bold juxtapositions and tuneful, melodic thrill-rides.  Throughout its career, The Bad Plus has held fast to a true and deeply collaborative “band” ethos; Made Possible is a vivid and convincing document of this passionate stance, loaded with genre-defying music that is at once complex, heartfelt and instantly engaging.

The Bad Plus

DATE: Monday, April 29, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Ken Weinstein
(212) 619-1360

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