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Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Atlanta Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Atlanta Jazz Festival Atlanta, GA May 26-27, 2018 The Atlanta Jazz Festival prides itself on being one of the largest free jazz festivals in the United States. The 41st edition took place under a forbidding forecast of heavy rainstorms: the event announcements made a big point of stating that the festival was a “rain or shine" event. In the end the weather largely held--with the exception of a couple of brief showers on Saturday afternoon--and if ...

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The Bad Plus: Never Stop II

Read "Never Stop II" reviewed by Samuel Stroup

Armed with a new pianist and eight solid original tunes (plus two original bonus tracks), The Bad Plus prove that being a working, cohesive band is what's most important to them. Their 13th album, Never Stop II, sees a triumphant return of the seasoned piano trio, after the relatively graceful departure of their long-time pianist Ethan Iverson and their less graceful previous album, It's Hard (Okeh/Sony Masterworks, 2016), of all cover songs. On the Never Stop II, The ...

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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman at the Michigan Theater

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The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman The Michigan Theater Ann Arbor, Michigan April 23, 2016 Over the course of some twenty years, The Bad Plus has honed its own brand of music making, tapping into a plethora of styles and grooves to develop their own musical hybrid. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King know how to push the envelope with their repertoire of original material and crafty alterations of material ranging ...

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The Bad Plus: The Rite Of Spring

Read "The Bad Plus: The Rite Of Spring" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Calculation and risk, bombast and glory, a complete shunning of expectations, and a penchant for the provocative, percussive and dramatic. It's hard to know if that description is meant to be applied to Igor Stravinsky's most heralded work or the collectively-operated trio known as The Bad Plus; it's hard to make that distinction because it rings true for both. One hundred years separate the premiere of The Rite Of Spring, which caused a riot, and the recording ...

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The Bad Plus: Burlington, VT February 16, 2013

Read "The Bad Plus: Burlington, VT February 16, 2013" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Bad PlusFlynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington VTFebruary 16, 2013The Bad Plus' appearance on The Flynn Mainstage illustrated how much progress the trio's made since earlier appearances in the much smaller FlynnSpace. The surprising number of empty seats as the evening progressed hinted the performance bordered on the underwhelming, but that was a passing sensation as the concert progressed.The trio's half-hour jaunt through Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring," though ostensibly the feature ...

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The Bad Plus: Never Stop

Read "Never Stop" reviewed by Thomas Carroll

For the past decade, The Bad Plus has received both praise and criticism for its idiosyncratic approach to jazz-rock. Liberal jazz fans and those who are inclined towards the mainstream but want to dabble in jazz have enthusiastically received the band's modern piano trio reworking of rock standards such as Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Rush's “Tom Sawyer." Conversely, jazz purists tend to shy away from The Bad Plus and its backbeat-intensive and sometimes bombastic playing.Never Stop ...

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The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis: For All I Care

Read "For All I Care" reviewed by Matt Marshall

The recordings of too many contemporary jazz singers teeter precipitously on a cliff overlooking the meandering river of easy listening. Jane Monheit and her ilk sculpt with cake-icing spatulas, decorating standards and new material alike with a thick sheen of creamy frosting. Those who might reasonably lay claim to being the musical descendants of Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong are, more than likely, singing rock.

With For All I Care, The Bad Plus asks, “What's the difference?" Following on the ...


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