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A billboard outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport advises travelers to report "Suspicious Activity," a phrase which typifies the "paranoid security-conscious society in which we're now living," says The Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson. Struck by the advisory, drummer David King found in it the perfect title for the new Bad Plus album and the perfect metaphor for the group's new music. "There is a sound in the middle of the three of us that is The Bad Plus," says David. On Suspicious Activity?, the group's third album for Columbia Records, that sound moves and grows in fantastic new directions, testing limits of what an acoustic bass-piano-drums trio can accomplish and what genuinely new music can actually sound like. Pianist Ethan Iverson observes, "Our concept is far removed from the traditional roles of our instrumentation

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Lydian Nadhaswaran, Sven Gotz and Troy Roberts

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New music with Lydian Nadhaswaram from Chromatic Grammatic, Swedish guitarist Sven Gotz, UK based Bassist Mike Forrest Flynn, The Bad Plus, Yellow Jackets, Troy Roberts, and KneebodyPlaylist Lydian Nadhaswaram “Spot" from Chromatic Grammatic (Amly) 00:00 Sven Gotz “The Promise" from Panjoy (Jazzandrecords) 07:07 Mike Forrest Flynn “Strange Weather" from Strange Weather (Self Produced) 14:10 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Shabaka Hutchings, Warne Marsh, Deanna Witkowski and More

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This is an extremely varied selection of music ranging from spiritual blasts by Shabaka Hutchings and Franklin Kiermyer to sax mastery by Warne Marsh and Tony Malaby and torchy vocals from Dinah Washington and Helen Merrill. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Rock Songs as Jazz with Charles Lloyd, Lisa Hilton and others

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This show has jazz musicians interpreting a wide variety of rock and pop songs. There is Charles Lloyd playing Bob Dylan, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra playing David Bowie and much more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Book Review

Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer

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Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer Philip Watson 560 Pages ISBN: 978-0571361663 Faber & Faber 2022 The great guitar anti-hero Bill Frisell has dreamt of perfect music—an otherworldly blend of unimaginably beautiful sounds. It may be a just a dream, but that hasn't stopped the Denver-raised musician from constantly searching, for ...

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Article: Album Review

Family Plan: Family Plan

Read "Family Plan" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Family Plan belongs to the strain of piano trios, formed in the wake of The Bad Plus, that eschew a straight acoustic jazz approach in favor of music which often experiments with distortion, repetition and knotty, mechanical melodies, all of which display the close-knit interaction between the three group members, pianist Andrew Boudreau, bassist Simon Willson, ...

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Article: Album Review

Orrin Evans: The Magic of Now

Read "The Magic of Now" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Timing is everything, the old masters teach. So pianist/composer/bandleader Orrin Evans drops the brazen The Magic of Now just in time. Just in time for the world to open up, renew its commitment, and move forward. Just in time for all to engage in those necessary conversations about civil upkeep. Put plainly, The Magic of Now ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Exploring Broken Shadows

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This show focuses on the reissue of the album by Broken Shadows a band inspired by the music of Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden and Dewey Redman. There is music from that release plus tunes from the musicians who inspired them, as well as from the individual members of the Broken Shadows band. Also featured ...

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Article: Interview

Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella

Read "Meet BlueStem Jazz's Dave Stone & Thomas Ferrella" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Since 2016, and even through the pandemic of 2020, jny: Madison Wisconsin has hosted a steady stream of improvisational music concerts. The majority of these are thanks to the organization named after Wisconsin's native grass, BlueStem Jazz. Founded by two retired professionals and melophiles this non-profit, award-winning establishment is dedicated to promoting and hosting a wide ...

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Article: Live Review

The Bad Plus at Bijou Theatre

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The Bad Plus Bijou Theatre From Big Ears, Part 2 Knoxville, TN December 4, 2020 The Bad Plus kicked off the virtual concert series “Sites & Sounds from Big Ears" with their October 9th concert streamed from Knoxville's historic Bijou Theatre. This second installment began with a point of view ...


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