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The Bad Plus

The Village Vanguard
The Village Vanguard
Max Gordon at the Village Vanguard, 1987
Lorraine Gordion at the Village Vanguard, 2003
Lorraine Gordon at the Village Vanguard, 2003

The Bad Plus – pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King – have broken down the walls of jazz convention and created an uncompromising body of work. Few jazz groups have amassed such acclaim, and few have inspired such controversy. Their brand of avant-garde populism has put them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement. While most of their output is original music, they also deconstruct songs in the pop, rock, country, and classical music idioms. The Bad Plus is both thrilling and provocative, which makes it one of the most acclaimed bands on the jazz scene.