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The brilliant trio of pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer David King, and bassist Reid Anderson have managed a feat few jazz acts have ever even attempted: fame and acceptance in the rock world. Their jazzy cover versions of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” will forever reign as jazz/rock milestones. Some jazz purists of course have a different view, but few can debate the monster chops, instinctual musicianship, and sense of adventure that’s present on an album like Prog. Iverson’s “Mint” is jumpy post-bop jazz that refuses to alight and Anderson’s “Giant,” which is one of the band’s finest originals ever, works in a quieter, more spacious and sentimental way that showcases each man’s solo gifts and the ensemble’s gorgeous cohesion. For fans of the band’s cover happy personality, there’s Tears for Fears, “Everybody Wants to Rule The World,” and a bright, fun version of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” where Anderson’s nimble bass amusingly takes the Geddy Lee vocal part. The future of novel, intrepid jazz can be heard in this aptly named collection.

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Amazing album, The Bad Plus has a vivid history of stunning works and their latest instalment is no exception to the norm. With a great mix of cover tunes as well as phenomonal originals, this jazz fusion trio from Minnesota ushers in a new era of jazz; mixing classic rock style motiffs with awe-inspiring piano riffs, solid bass and unbelievable drums. Prog is definately a progressive album worth purchasing, whether your a first time Bad Plus listener, or a devoted fan this is one to own esspecially for the second track Physical Cities, the subdivisions in this song are astronomically radical. Other Bad Plus titles to check out, Suspicous Activity, Blunt Object: Live in Tokyo, Give and These are the Vistas. Also, if you are a fan of Dave King's drumming and haven't yet gave his other jazz trio, Happy Apple a listen I highly sugest it.

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Saw them live for the second time last night. They're great. Buy all of the albums.

Another Hit!!

The Bad Plus come out swinging again. This is a truly excelent album, that should be added to any jazz lovers collection. I highly recommend.


Formed: 1990 in Minneapolis, MN

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Are the Bad Plus a pop- and rock-influenced jazz trio? Or are they a power trio whose members like to play jazz? It's really a bit of both. But in the brave new world of postmodern jazz, identity crises are encouraged. Reid Anderson (bass) and David King (drums) grew up in Minnesota, while pianist Ethan Iverson spent his formative years in Wisconsin. Eventually, after crossing paths in such unlikely places as high-school rock showcases and tentative free jazz performances inside Upper Midwestern...
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