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Wednesday December 19, 2012

From Jazz Times

The Bad Plus: Made Possible, Dave King: I’ve Been Ringing You
By: Thomas Conrad

The boys are back. Made Possible is the 10th album by the Bad Plus. They are still loud and inappropriate. They are still impulsive and obnoxious and irresistible as street urchins. And they have found some fresh ways to be all these things. The tunes are new, original and ambitious, and incorporate occasional synthesizers and electronic drums.

Entirely unforeseen is another piano-trio record released by TBP’s drummer, Dave King. I’ve Been Ringing You is a seductive, moody, poetic album with pianist Bill Carrothers and bassist Billy Peterson. Its repertoire comes from the American Songbook. Its atmosphere comes from Bill Evans.

So: a recording by a 12-year-old anti-piano trio, devoted to mayhem, and a recording by a classic piano trio playing together for the first time, devoted to grace. And they share a drummer. It begs investigation.

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