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Monday November 05, 2012

From Huffington Post

Monday Magic: Conversations With Gary Clark Jr., The Bad Plus’ Ethan Iverson, Kaki King and Lindi Ortega
By: Mike Ragogna

A Conversation With The Bad Plus’ Ethan Iverson

Mike Ragogna: We’ve got the pianist from that rad, mad and badass group, The Bad Plus. Hey there, Ethan!

Ethan Iverson: How are you doing? Thank you for that great intro.

MR: Any time! I only stopped because I ran out of rhyme-y superlatives. You need about six more.

EI: Oh, wow, man thank you.

MR: [laughs] First off, I possibly admire you most because of your scary time signatures and because you wander into prog rock band at times.

EI: Well, I’m glad our time signatures scared you, because I have to tell you, I can barely follow them myself sometimes and I’m in the band. It’s no doubt thorny, but we also believe in some sort of accessibility and your view of prog music is really correct because you can’t deny that Genesis and Yes and Rush have remained song-based music with a lot of hooks no matter how avant-garde the time signatures get.

MR: But I also use the word “prog” in the true sense of the word, short for “progressive,” as opposed to the old stereotype of prog.

EI: Well, I think the past is the future and the future is the past. We certainly try to be of the moment and I’m proud to say I think Made Possible sounds as fresh to me as anything out there right now.

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