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Wednesday December 26, 2018

From Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Jazz Trio the Bad Plus brings its new look and sound to the Dakota
By: Dan Emerson

Jazz trio the Bad Plus, which has been performing at the Dakota jazz club since its inception in 2000, came to the Minneapolis club with a new look this week. Co-founder Ethan Iverson is no longer occupying the BP’s piano chair, replaced by Orrin Evans, who joined earlier this year.

Wednesday night, the second night of its annual four-night holiday stand at the Dakota, the still-iconoclastic trio showcased its new look and sound with Evans. The Bad Plus’ signature sound hasn’t changed much, with plenty of spontaneous interplay, although Evans brings plenty of improvisational inspiration and energy of his own to the bandstand.

[…] The trio closed the opening set with Evans’ previously recorded composition ‘Boffadem,’ a tune included on the new album featuring a post-bop sensibility. Most of the song’s structure was provided by Anderson’s bass, with some fleet, adventurous riffing by Evans and stop-on-a-dime dynamics. Evans showed a beautifully subtle touch on the quieter passages.

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