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Album Review

Falling somewhere between Medeski, Martin & Wood, Ben Folds Five, and the Oscar Peterson Trio, power jazz trio the Bad Plus deliver more idiosyncratic instrumentals on their sophomore effort, Give. Featuring bassist Reid Anderson, drummer David King, and pianist Ethan Iverson, the Bad Plus follow a similar creative path as on their debut, These Are the Vistas, by interspersing original compositions with covers of popular rock tunes. This time around the Pixies' "Velouria" is turned into a kind of Sergei Rachmaninov does funk jazz number while Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" sounds something like a Claude Debussy arrangement of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida." Otherwise, the trio evinces free jazz with Ornette Coleman's "Street Woman," and does a bombastic impersonation of Vince Guaraldi on the original "Layin' a Strip for the Higher-Self State Line." While obviously talented and often inspired, it is unclear if the Bad Plus are avant-garde enough to appeal to hardcore jazz fans, or pop-oriented enough to grab the attention of rock listeners. However, fans of quirky, experimental music may find this worth a listen.

Customer Reviews

all i can say

i do not easily give 5 stars, but the bad plus is genuinely one of the most talented groups of musicians ever assembled. remember the classic question of which albums you would take with you to a deserted island? this one makes my list easily. ethan iverson is a genius at the piano and dave king's manic drumming keeps it at full groove the whole time. a fantastic showing of original charts and a version of iron man that you won't forget make for an excellent record.

Very Good Album

Don't listen to what "Mike" says. The Bad Plus do an exelent version of "iron man" by taking a regular rock song and transforming it into a musically interesting, intense, and vibrant song. I like the album as a whole also, particularly the songs, "And here we test the powers of our observation", and "Do your sums/..."

Dear God...

That Must be THE WORST cover of 'Iron Man' of this century these guys took a great rock song and killed it. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!


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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