The Bad Plus has announced plans for a wide-ranging spring tour. The groundbreaking trio - bassist Reid Anderson, drummer Dave King, and pianist Orrin Evans - will perform an array of US headline dates alongside eagerly awaited residencies at New York City's Village Vanguard (March 24-29), Oakland, CA's Yoshi's (April 3-4), and Washington, DC's Blues Alley (April 10-12). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.thebadplus.com.
The upcoming dates follow last year's arrival of ACTIVATE INFINITY, the second album from The Bad Plus since Evans joined the group in 2018. Produced by The Bad Plus and engineered and mixed by Andy Taub at NYC's Brooklyn Recording in May 2019, the album is available everywhere now via the independent British label, Edition Records.
With ACTIVATE INFINITY, The Bad Plus has produced one of their finest and most original albums to date, group music played with vigor, vibrant imagination, and a scrupulous commitment to democratic vision. For almost two decades, the trio has played with spirit and adventure, making their own rules with a bold sense of creativity and intent. In 2018, The Bad Plus announced a radical change in its lineup by bringing the gifted pianist Orrin Evans into the group alongside founding members Anderson and King.
The inclusion of Evans into their ranks instigated a new wave of excitement within the band, fully re-energizing their distinctive sound and idiosyncratic imagination. The Bad Plus kick-started their new era with 2018's NEVER STOP II, earning global acclaim while also electrifying their worldwide fan following. The self-released album saw the trio refocusing and redefining their trajectory, miraculously growing new roots while remaining true to their original identity.
ACTIVATE INFINITY was met by worldwide critical applause upon its November 2019 release:
"All told, there's a fresh ease and joy to The Bad Plus's sound now that Evans has settled into the piano chair. If the album's title is a deprecatingly self-aggrandizing reference to the trio's own stubborn persistence, then bring it on. They ought to stick around as long as they like."
-The New York Times
"Hewing closer to cool post-bop tradition than most of The Bad Plus' previous efforts, the all-original ACTIVATE INFINITY finds Evans mashing his own sinister soulfulness into swift Monk-like runs, playful Guaraldi-isms, and pastoral Bruce Hornsby-ish themes without losing sight of his unique tone...Though it doesn't lack for quirk, there's a breezy symmetry and easygoing melodicism to TBP's new album that's more handsome than it is histrionic."
"ACTIVATE INFINITY is a fast-moving program that leans on mainstream music's most salient elements: catchy melodies and assertive hooks. Filled with intra-group wiles, ACTIVATE INFINITY reminds listeners that these guys need only to rely on themselves."
"The Bad Plus, with new piano recruit Orrin Evans, are in exhilarating shape on ACTIVATE INFINITY."
"The new line-up's second album gives Evans' broad stylistic mastery room to breathe."
"ACTIVATE INFINITY is a canny, wildly creative expression of The Bad Plus' collective persona; it's inspired, sophisticated, fresh, and a joy to encounter, time and again...Evans' decades of experience as a bandleader and inventive hard bop-inspired pianist lend immeasurably
to the quirk and instinct of this trio."
THE BAD PLUS
ON TOUR 2020
19 - Kenosha, WI - Bedford Concert Hall
21 - Hartford, CT - The Bushnell Performing Arts Center
22 - Rockport, MA - Rockport Music-Shalin Liu Performance Center
24 - New York, NY - Village Vanguard (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm)
25 - New York, NY - Village Vanguard (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm)
26 - New York, NY - Village Vanguard (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm)
27 - New York, NY - Village Vanguard (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm)
28 - New York, NY - Village Vanguard (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm)
29 - New York, NY - Village Vanguard (8:30 pm & 10:30 pm)
31 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
1 - Seattle, WA - Triple Door
2 - Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre
3 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm)
4 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's (7:30 pm & 9:30 pm)
9 - Morgantown, WV - Lyell B. Clay Concert
10 - Washington, DC - Blues Alley (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm)
11 - Washington, DC - Blues Alley (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm)
12 - Washington, DC - Blues Alley (8:00 pm & 10:00 pm)