The Bad Plus
Legendary jazz combo The Bad Plus share their new song "Not Even Close to Far Off," available now via Edition Records at all DSPs and streaming services. A nearly six-minute journey, "Not Even Close to Far Off" opens with one of the album's most melodic themes that slowly modulates, creating growing tension underscored by saxophonist Chris Speed's improvisational explorations before fading into an insistent rhythmic trance.
The Bad Plus is back with their 15th studio recording and eponymous debut album in their current iteration as a dynamic new quartet. THE BAD PLUS arrives via Edition Records on Friday, September 30. Pre-orders are available now.
“Evolution is necessary for life and creativity,” say the groundbreaking band’s founding drummer and bassist Dave King and Reid Anderson. “We’ve evolved, but we’re still The Bad Plus.”
The Bad Plus — the innovative and virtuosic jazz trio comprised of bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Orrin Evans, and drummer Dave King — will perform a live concert streamed from the historic Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN, on Friday, October 9 at 8pm eastern. This performance marks their first performance together since the pandemic shut down live events.
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.
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