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Vocalist Wendy Lewis Joins The Bad Plus on New Album

Following the release of last year’s Prog, the Bad Plus-bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King-plan the February 3 release of their next album, For All I Care on the Heads Up International label. Simultaneously, Heads Up will release a limited-edition 180-gram double-LP including two bonus tracks: a cover of U2’s “New Year’s Day” and an original piece by Anderson entitled “You And I Is A Comfort Zone.”

The album marks the first Bad Plus recording to include a guest vocalist, Wendy Lewis, a fixture in the Minneapolis alt-rock scene. The recording is inspired in part by the collaborative recording by John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman, released in 1963.

The set opens with a version of Kurt Cobain’s “Lithium.” Other offerings from the rock and pop canon include equally offbeat versions of songs by artists as diverse as Pink Floyd (“Comfortably Numb”), Yes (“Long Distance Runaround”), the Bee Gees (“How Deep is Your Love”) and Heart (“Barracuda”). Juxtaposed with these are a number of 20th century classical pieces by an equally varied list of composers including Györgi Ligeti, Milton Babbitt and Igor Stravinsky.

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