The Bad Plus Is Gorgeously Idiosyncratic

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Wednesday October 04, 2017

From The Washington Post

The Bad Plus Is Gorgeously Idiosyncratic at the Hamilton
By: Michael J. West

When the Bad Plus played its first D.C. gig, at Blues Alley in 2001, the band was the new big thing in jazz — but also something of a novelty. Here was an acoustic piano trio covering Nirvana, Aphex Twin and Blondie, both having a sense of humor and being serious about it.

They did their own original stuff, too. And now, 16 years later, on the farewell tour of their original incarnation — pianist Ethan Iverson leaves at year’s end, to be succeeded by Philadelphia’s brilliant Orrin Evans — it was the quirky, distinctive originals that dominated the Bad Plus’s set Saturday at the Hamilton. And it was a pop cover that sneaked in among Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King’s imaginative offerings.

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