LATEST RELEASEMade Possible
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The Bad Plus has spent more than a decade redefining what a piano-bass-drums trio can and should be. They've reached audiences of all demographic stripes with an uncompromising body of original music (plus some ingenious, genre-jumping covers) and dedicated touring around the globe. On their eighth studio album, Made Possible, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King take their distinctive musical M.O. to captivating new heights, proving once again that the rules of musical convention are made to be broken.
"This band contains some of the most punk energy I've ever seen or felt as a musician — it just doesn't need to do it so obviously," King says. "That's our statement. It's a complex emotion."
Made Possible marks a palpable departure for The Bad Plus on a few fronts. Layers of synth and electronic drum sounds can be heard prowling amid the trio's signature acoustic palette. Also, whereas the group's new material typically gets a thorough road test before being recorded, these songs were brought in with looser expectations and even more potent possibilities. And for the first time since 2005's Suspicious Activity?, the band chose to record far away from its Minnesota motherland, holing up instead at a remote studio in upstate New York.
The resulting nine tracks — eight originals plus a loving nod to the late Paul Motian ("Victoria") — showcase everything this groundbreaking trio is capable of: pulse-pounding anthems, bright-eyed melancholia, bold juxtapositions, tunefully mathy contortions and a masterful sense of song. "Seven Minute Mind" and "Wolf Out" are streaked with heady minimalism. "For My Eyes Only" and the epic "In Stitches" highlight the group's vulnerable, ambitiously emotive core. "Re-Elect That" honors and extends the rich bloodline of American avant jazz, while "I Want to Feel Good Part Two" offers an irresistible two-beat that's equally suitable for a postmodernist time capsule or a church picnic. As ever, the sum effect is a welcome demolition of what listeners might expect from an instrumental trio.
Per Iverson, "It's the sound of getting together in your garage and all committing, no matter what, seeing what you can make up today."
Throughout its career, The Bad Plus has held fast to a band ethos (deeply collaborative with no "leader") and a belief in what its members like to call avant-garde populism (progressive, musically sophisticated ideas without the highbrow trappings). 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.
November 201316 Tokyo, JPN -- Cotton Club #
17 Tokyo, JPN -- Cotton Club #
19 Tokyo, JPN -- Blue Note Tokyo #
20 Tokyo, JPN -- Blue Note Tokyo #
22 Bologna, ITA -- La Scuderia
23 Ferrara, ITA -- Jazz Club Il Torrione
24 Mestre, ITA -- Sala Candiani
25 Osimo, ITA -- Teatro Comunale
27 Palermo, ITA -- Sala Paul Motian
28 Vicenza, ITA -- Bar Borsa
30 Roma, ITA -- Casa del Jazz
December 201301 Vasto, ITA -- Teatro Rossetti
03 Tel Aviv, ISR -- Reading 3
13 Princeton, NJ -- Berlind Theatre
14 Toronto, CAN -- Massey Hall
19 Chicago, IL -- Jazz Showcase
20 Chicago, IL -- Jazz Showcase
21 Chicago, IL -- Jazz Showcase
22 Chicago, IL -- Jazz Showcase
26 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota
27 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota
28 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota
29 Minneapolis, MN -- Dakota
31 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
January 201401 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
02 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
03 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
04 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
05 New York, NY -- Village Vanguard
08 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz at the Bistro
09 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz at the Bistro
10 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz at the Bistro
11 St. Louis, MO -- Jazz at the Bistro
February 201406 Boston, MA -- Sculler's Jazz Club
07 Boston, MA -- Sculler's Jazz Club
08 Albany, NY -- The Egg
# - The Bad Plus with Kurt Rosenwinkel
** The Bad Plus performs “On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring”