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The Bad Plus

8:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 2 through Saturday, January 5. Jazz at the Bistro, 3536 Washington Boulevard.

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Nearly every jazz performer has a list of standards to turn to, classic tunes which offer a common ground to musicians and listeners alike. For the New York-based/Minneapolis-bred jazz trio the Bad Plus, those standards come in the form of rock & roll singles — which it then recasts within the piano/bass/drums format. Each of the band's LPs features deconstructed pop tunes alongside the members' original compositions. Last year's Prog featured a plaintive retelling of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" as well as a dramatic version of the Bacharach/David gem "This Guy's in Love with You." Isn't that better than hearing "The Girl from Ipanema" for the umpteenth time?

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