Monday March 27, 2017
From The Roanoke Times
The Bad Plus brings jazz reimaginings of pop, rock hits to Jefferson Center
By: Tad Dickens
Sometimes, the best creative partnerships are born out of simple curiosity.
The Bad Plus, which hits Jefferson Center on Thursday, is a good example. Bassist Reid Anderson, drummer Dave King and pianist Ethan Iverson — all from the Minneapolis area — had each forged careers of their own in the jazz world. Anderson and Iverson were leading their own projects in New York City, while King had moved back home from Los Angeles after the 1994 earthquake.
At the turn of the century, the three decided to take a stab at playing together.
“Individually, we had played with each other, but we had never played together, with the exception of one time one afternoon in 1990 at my parents’ house,” Anderson said from his home base, New York City. “I think we were all curious to see what it would sound like. It’s as basic as that.
“Once we came together, I think we felt that this was something that had a unique sound from the beginning. We saw that it could be a place for us to really be ourselves and to make group music. So we decided to commit.”
Seventeen years later, The Bad Plus is one of jazz music’s stars, getting critical acclaim while building an audience through a mixture of original compositions and improvisation-filled re-imaginings of pop and rock songs.
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