Tuesday September 25, 2012
North American Release: September 25, 2012
International Release: October 22, 2012
The Bad Plus has spent over a decade breaking down the walls of jazz convention, reaching audiences of all demographic stripes with an uncompromising body of original music (plus some ingenious, genre-jumping covers) and dedicated touring around the globe. Few jazz groups in recent memory have generated such a mix of acclaim and controversy. Throughout their career, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King have held fast to a band ethos (deeply collaborative with no “leader”) and a belief in what they like to call avant-garde populism (progressive, musically sophisticated ideas without the bullshit high-brow trappings).
On Made Possible, the group’s 8th studio album, The Bad Plus unleashes nine spellbinding original tracks that showcase everything this groundbreaking trio is capable of: heart-pounding acoustic anthems, bleary melancholia, fearless juxtapositions, tunefully mathy contortions and a masterful sense of song. What’s more, the band peppers this latest outing with a few tasteful flecks of electronics — check the 808 clicks and claps in “I Want to Feel Good Part Two” or the sinister synth layering on “Wolf Out.” From first listen, it’s the sound of three gifted players and composers at a dizzying creative peak, proving yet again that a piano-bass-drums trio can still transport listeners to rapturous and uncharted places.