PRESS REVIEWS“Made Possible is at once vintage Bad Plus in its striking themes, nonchalant time-bends and full-on collective improv, and proof of this awesome ensemble's continuing evolution.”
- The Guardian
“It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.”
- Rolling Stone
“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60's jazz and indie rock.....”
- The New York Times
“From album to album, The Bad Plus continue to evolve and improve.”
“Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine...Dynamics play a huge roll in the act's music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key... jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.”
“Bigger and more audacious...somewhere between refreshing and downright awe-inspiring.”
- CMJ Monthly
“...high art, not pop gimmickry...The Bad Plus embrace sonic adventure without selfish avant-gardism...seething with funky new-millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights.”
- Entertainment Weekly
“So, if this piano trio wants to play as loud as a rock band...well, let 'em rip....these bad boys have the musicianship to back up their attitude.”
- The New Yorker
“The Bad Plus are an acoustic jazz trio for the future.”
“With the most distinctive sound of any three-piece outfit since Nirvana, The Bad Plus again demonstrate vitality few bands--rock, jazz, or whatever--can match.”
“The Bad Plus are a reminder that American jazz hasn't gone to sleep. Play any of their albums and their collective sound leaps out of your speaker, steps all over your furniture and scares the bejesus out of the cat.”
- Observer Music Monthly
BRIEF HISTORYThe Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus' ninth studio recording (and first since 2012's Made Possible), The Rite of Spring continues the leaderless trio's committed belief in what they've dubbed 'avant-garde populism' — the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.
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COLLABORATORSTCHAD BLAKE engineered and co-produced SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY?, GIVE, and THESE ARE THE VISTAS.
TONY PLATT, engineer and co-producer of PROG, is a freelance Music Engineer/ Producer based in the U.K.
WENDY LEWIS began her music career auditioning on a dare for a swanky Minneapolis nightclub back in the mid-eighties. That didn’t last long... She was thrilled to be contacted by ex-band mate Dave King to collaborate with The Bad Plus on “For All I Care”.
BRENT SIGMETH engineer on FOR ALL I CARE and 2nd engineer on PROG, is currently a freelance engineer and producer based in and around Minneapolis. He served ten years as the chief engineer of PACHYDERM STUDIO, where Prog and For All I Care were recorded.
DAVID REES designed the cover and booklet for SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY? Rees burst on the scene post-9/11 with a collection of political cartoons called GET YOUR WAR ON, which skewered the Bush administration's War on Terror.
MATT FRIESEN drew the cover of GIVE. Friesen is most often busy as a cabinet-maker and furniture-builder, but has also produced artwork for some of his favorite musicians.
STEPHEN COLLIER created the paintings ROBONAUT, ORD, and BINARY UNIT used as album art for THESE ARE THE VISTAS. (ROBONAUT is the iconic cover painting.)
JAMES DIERS has been variously entangled with the Bad Plus as a tour manager, wrangler, guerrilla photographer/videographer, deputy publicist, third-string mix engineer, online paramedic, night watchman, goodwill ambassador and fry cook since 2004.