Sunday October 28, 2012
The Bad Plus – Made Possible album review
By: Melissa Mendoza
When I was assigned to write about The Bad Plus, they sounded like a hard-core rock band. I’ve never really associated a name like that with jazz, but what’s in a name, to quote Shakespeare.
The Bad Plus is a jazz trio hailing from Minnesota. Their new album, Made Possible, is their 8th studio album. To understand a little more about their music, I listened to some of their previous studio albums and let me just say, I am shocked. The music that this band creates is truly unexplainable. It’s bubbly, but it’s also mesmerizing. “Pound by Pound,” and “Seven Minute Mind,” are an eclectic mix of loud and powerful piano keys, clashing cymbals, and soothing bass. They create so many different sounds it’s mind boggling, but I absolutely love it! It’s so different and angular; far more diverse than anything I have heard on the radio or produced from any band. It has so much meaning and soul, even if there aren’t any words. The music just flows; it’s so fluid.
“Re-elect That,” and “Wolf Out,” are groovy and quirky. Their music just puts a big smile on my face. I absolutely fell in love with this band. I always manage to find a fault in any artist’s music, but I could not seem to find any in The Bad Plus or in their new album. They are wonderfully brilliant and I highly encourage you readers to take a listen.
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