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Monday October 21, 2019

From WBGO

Hear the Latest From Miles Okazaki’s Trickster, The Bad Plus, Junius Paul & More, in Take Five
By: NATE CHINEN

“The last time we greeted a studio album by The Bad Plus, continuity was the main item on the agenda. The album, Never Stop II, marked a new chapter for the band, as Orrin Evans took over the piano chair originated by Ethan Iverson.

A little over two years later, things have settled more into a groove. Evans has logged thousands of miles with the band, not only plugging into its matrix but also bringing more of his own personality. These are the conditions under which The Bad Plus created Activate Infinity, which arrives on Edition Records this Friday.

‘The Red Door’ is a perfect illustration of the distinct personality Evans has brought into the equation. The song doesn’t sound much like anything The Bad Plus recorded in its first iteration; there’s more of an Ahmad Jamal character to its light, staccato melody and jaunty rhythm. But the storm of melodic abstraction that descends, after about a minute and a half, is perfectly true to the band. And if my suspicions are correct, the door in question belongs to The Village Vanguard, where the band has logged countless hours.”

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