The Bad Plus
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.
Activate Infinity is the second album from The Bad Plus since the remarkable pianist Orrin Evans joined the group in 2018. The album was recorded at Brooklyn Recording in New York City in May 2019. It was produced by The Bad Plus and engineered and mixed by Andy Taub. Activate Infinity will be released on CD and digital October 25. November 15 will see its release on vinyl.
Even avant-garde jazz needs structure. A boundless exploration of less touched musical realms still needs some foundation to stand on. Certain jazz purists don’t even consider fusion, free, or Avant-garde to be true jazz. I stand somewhere in between. The music of Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, and Ornette Coleman is as canonical as Duke Ellington or Bing Crosby. Evolution is vital to keep music interesting, especially in the richly complex world of jazz.
As I said, I had gone back to camp earlier to make sure things were as secured as possible and to attach the tent to the car just in case I needed to sleep in there that night. Good thing I had. I awoke about 4 a.m. to raging winds and wicked rain. I seemed securely attached…for now. The wind was blowing so hard that my tent was beginning to lean sideways.