Bad Plus

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Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis (L to R: Lewis, Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King)
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Dave King and Ethan Iverson of Bad Plus before performance at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Ethan Iverson performing with The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Ethan Iverson introducing The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Dave King of The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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Dave King of The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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The Bad Plus at the 2010 Rosslyn Jazz Festival
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The Bad Plus
By Cameron Wittig
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The Bad Plus
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The Bad Plus
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Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus

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The Bad Plus is one of a few innovative groups (including E.S.T. and Medeski, Martin & Wood) who have revitalized the piano-bass-drums trio in jazz. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King have known each other since they were teenagers in the Midwest. But other than one occasion in 1990, they did not play together as a trio until 2000 or even live in the same city. Iverson worked as the musical direction for the Mark Morris Dance Group and Anderson kept busy playing jazz in New York while King was a session player in Los Angeles who also worked with his Happy Apple and 12 Rods groups. In 2000 the trio came together to play a weekend at a Minneapolis club and it was obvious to them that the musical chemistry was magical. Soon they recorded their debut CD for Fresh Sound.

The group distinguished themselves from other trios by playing both originals and jazzy renditions of songs by the likes of Björk, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, ABBA, the Bee Gees, Queen, Blondie, David Bowie and others. Although playing jazz, they always had a rock-and-roll sensibility and they will never be mistaken for a quiet cocktail piano trio. Controversial and a bit of a sensation from the start, the Bad Plus signed with Columbia in 2002, giving them additional publicity. They helped introduce such songs as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and Aphex Twin’s “Flim” to jazz and have violated most stereotypes of what a jazz piano trio sounds like.

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Articles on Bad Plus

02/04/14    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Bad Plus to Release “The Rite of Spring” March 25

03/22/13    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

The Bad Plus & Bill Frisell to Play JALC

12/17/12    Albums    By Thomas Conrad

Made Possible
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11/23/11    Features    By Aidan Levy

The Bad Plus’ Dave King: Art & Accessibility

10/15/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival Under Way

08/16/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

South Florida JAZZ Announces 2011-12 Concert Schedule

03/09/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz Artists Support Environmental Causes Through Downloads

02/22/11    News    By Jason Rabin

The Bad Plus "On Sacred Ground"

10/23/10    Tangents    By Lee Mergner

Ethan Iverson & The Bad Plus: Three For All

09/12/10    Concerts    By Lee Mergner

20th Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival

02/10/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Dave King’s Big Love for Bands

12/30/09    News    By Aubrey Everett

NPR Hosts Nine Hour Marathon of Live Jazz on New Year's Eve

04/23/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

San Sebastian Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

04/13/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

New Documentary Explores Contemporary Jazz

03/27/09    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Merkin Concert Hall Announces Spring Jazz Series

March 2009    Albums    By Michael J. West

For All I Care
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March 2009    Solo    By Ethan Iverson

Crossing Streams

02/15/08    Concerts    By Josef Woodard

Portland Jazz Festival

May 2007    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

May 2007    Albums    By Bill Meredith

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03/18/07    Concerts    By Mike Shanley

The Bad Plus and Joe Lovano in Pittsburgh

06/21/06    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

Sweet Lorraine: A Jazz Celebration for the Village Vanguard

March 2006    The Gig    By Nate Chinen

Dancing in Ornette's Headspace

November 2005    Albums    By Brent Burton

Suspicious Activity?
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November 2005    Albums    By Brent Burton

Suspicious Activity?
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02/22/05    By Doug Ramsey

01/11/05    Concerts    By Bill Milkowski

NYC Winter Jazzfest 2005

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The Year '04 in Review: Highs and Lows

January/February 2005    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

The Year '04 in Review: Top 50 CDs

October 2004    News    By Tad Hendrickson

Radiohead: The New Standard Bearers?

October 2004    News    By Tad Hendrickson

The New Standards: Musicians Seek Fresh Songbook Material

April 2004    Features    By Tad Hendrickson

The Bad Plus: Band on the Run

April 2004    Features    By Bill Milkowski

The Bad Plus: Saying It Proud, But Way Too Loud

April 2004    Features    By John Murph

The Bad Plus: Great White Hypes?

April 2004    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

The Good and the Bad Plus

April 2003    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

The Bad Plus,One Bad McBride and Bad Taste

April 2003    Features    By Stuart Nicholson

The Bad Plus: These are the Bad Plus

March 2003    Albums    By Nate Chinen

These Are the Vistas
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These Are the Vistas

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Suspicious Activity?

Columbia Jazz
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For All I Care

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