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For All I Care (With Wendy Lewis)

The Bad Plus

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Given this jazz-not-jazz trio’s sly dedication to bending genres and enraging purists, the addition here of alt-rock singer Wendy Lewis seems more like an overdue experiment than a radical departure. Rather than muzzling their formidable interpretative powers or reducing Reid Anderson (bass), Ethan Iverson (piano) and David King (drums) to a backing band, Lewis stars in a surprising re-invention of the Flaming Lips “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate” and gives a rightly strident take on Heart’s “Barracuda,” one that rides atop Iverson’s swaying flurry of notes. Anderson’s replication on standup bass of the signature riff in “Barracuda,” is a highpoint. Lewis’ deadpan on Nirvana’s “Lithium” fits beautifully with the way the group pulls the tune in and out of shape with playful but abrupt shifts in tempo and mood. For those who miss just the piano trio, plenty of instrumental muscle remains and the threesome’s stab at modern vocal composer Georgy Ligeti’s “Fém,” is inventive yet respectful, proof anew that despite the title, they remain committed to ingenuity and re-invention.

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The most musically interesting album I've heard in a long time.

I've been somewhat of a fan of Bad Plus for several years, picking and choosing songs from their past albums. IMHO, this album takes the band to a new level. Wendy Lewis's vocals weave a new instrument into the Bad Plus tapestry. Don't miss Comfortably Numb and Feeling Yourself Disintegrate, but there really isn't a bad track on the album. My musical tastes run far and deep and jazz isn't one of my favorite genres, but it has been a long time since I have enjoyed an album this much. Well done Bad Plus, well done.

A work of genius...

...please just listen...

Disappointing

The Bad Plus is one of my favorite bands. But I'm afraid they've gone in a disappointing direction with this album. Every artist must experiment, but not every experiment works. This exploration takes them to place I'm less interested in.

Biography

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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