The Bad Plus – bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King – is known for breaking the boundaries of categorization and genre. Not only have they created a musical repertoire that is original and distinctive, they’ve also re-created inventive covers of Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. And just earlier this year, the trio took on one of the most influential musical compositions of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
On August 26, The Bad Plus will release their tenth studio recording, Inevitable Western—a record that will showcase new originals, as the group continues to explore the aesthetic principals that fired their inception: musical forms born of jazz. The spark continues on tracks like Anderson’s lyrical “Do It Again” and the post-rock twists and turns of King’s “Gold Prisms Incorporated.” This is an album where pop, blues and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses.
“A genuinely leaderless trio, The Bad Plus is equal in every respect, from composition to performance to production. The interplay between these collaborators has marked the group’s work from the jump, infusing it with carefully considered spontaneity, subtlety, style, and depth. Inevitable Western evokes a spacious milieu redolent of Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas and the American West of Richard Avedon, dusty and open, weathered but free.
The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, garnering critical acclaim and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, idiosyncratic personality and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, The Bad Plus constantly searches for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.”