Music » Critics' Picks

The Bad Plus

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

by

comment

A decade-plus into its career, the Bad Plus is now actually one of the longer-lived working bands in jazz — a rather incongruous position for a group whose cheeky reinterpretations of rock and pop songs initially fueled its critical buzz. Fortunately, the band has evolved well beyond any easy shorthand descriptions, as demonstrated by its most recent CD, 2010's all-original Never Stop. Along with the expected flash from drummer Dave King and pianist Ethan Iverson, the Bad Plus' new material offers slightly odd yet catchy riffs and beats and deceptively simple melodies that are twisted just enough to avoid predictability. Most notably, bassist Reid Anderson's ballad "People Like You," the title track and "Super America" have both an economy of form and a cinematic sweep that are strictly sui generis.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.