These Are The Vistas


Never Stop II

Never stop ii by The Bad Plus.


The other covers, especially their florid take on Rush's "Tom Sawyer, " may be likely to get the most attention of anything on the album. They're jokes that are funny the first time but not so much the second or third. It's not likely this music will age spectacularly well, but so what? If you're looking for some engaging and conversation-inducing dinner music preceding an evening spent watching Napoleon Dynamite or any Wes Anderson flick, this is just the thing.

You have to hear the bad plus's lush, lovely instrumental approach to Tears for Fears' hit "Everybody Wants to Rule the World. It's a slowly-evolving meditation on the tune that clearly is in love with its melody and structure. But they rely too much on irony, on people's previous perceptions of the music, and do not seem quite as enamored of the original.

It might be the finest jazz cover of an '80s song since Miles Davis cut Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" back in the day. As with the bad plus' previous releases, the group's original compositions are the meat of the album: "Giant" and "Physical Cities" carve out huge walls of sonic space with abandon. This is rockist jazz, a postmodern fusion that relies greatly on tricky time signatures and mashups of seemingly incongruous sound.

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Blue World

Amazingly, no announcement was made that the iconic Coltrane was adding new performances to this film. Shrink-wrapped. In 1964, the national film board of canada asked john Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled 'Le chat dans le sac" "The Cat in the Bag". Now, with the release of blue World, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings for the first time Bad plus- Prog.

For many years, viewers of the film who recognized the music thought that they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new and had never been heard. In june of that year, coltrane's Classic Quartet entered Rudy Van Gelder's studio and recorded five previously-recorded Coltrane originals.


It's Hard

A lyrical take on crowded house s don t dream it s over stands alongside the motorik futurism of Kraftwerk s The Robots and the post-millennial indie creativity of Yeah Yeah Yeahs Maps and TV On The Radio s Staring At The Sun, altering pop, and more via an unmatched gift for wit, country, prog rock, psychedelia, harmonic innovation and rhythmic brilliance.

Shrink-wrapped. The bad plus eleventh studio recording, it s hard sees the leaderless trio bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King returning to the distinctive deconstruction of pop forms that first drew them international attention almost two decades ago. The genre-smashing band has crafted a repertoire of innovative original music, along with a daring series of iconoclastic covers spanning such diverse artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman.

Recorded this past april at nyc s brooklyn recording with longtime engineer Pete Rende Joshua Redman, Bill McHenry, the album spans both era and inspiration as The Bad Plus offer new perspectives on classic songs from the 1970s to the 2010s. The bad plus has spent nearly two decades expanding the parameters of what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio.

Their expressive reading of prince s the beautiful Ones -- coincidentally recorded a month before the legend s untimely death is a potent tribute to a figure that loomed large in the lives of these Minnesotan musicians. While the four most recent bad plus albums have focused on predominantly original material, It s Hard showcases the trio s inimitable gift for intrepid and audacious interpretation.

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For All I Care

In that same sense, this is still very much a Bad Plus record. We just happen to have a great singer singing the songs with us. Bad plus- Prog. Bad plus- for All I Care. The recording is inspired in part by the collaborative recording by John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman, released in 1963. Coltrane's quartet had already developed a group language, and then they enlisted this incredible singer without changing the language of the band, ' says the band.

Shrink-wrapped. But for all i care is more than just an album pairing a singer with a backing band. 2009 release from the progressive Jazz trio joined on this album from guest vocalist Wendy Lewis. The album marks the first Bad Plus recording to include a guest vocalist as the fourth instrument in its sonic arsenal.


Made Possible

Independent to the core the Bad Plus are the first and only group to bridge the gap between no-compromise jazz and cutting edge alternative. They re road dogs, equally at home in jazz clubs, rock venues, concert halls, and festivals around the world. Their new album is Made Possible. Nine originals, but infused with energy, tightly performed, irreverence, and an attitude of surprise.

Shrink-wrapped. Bad plus- Prog. Shrink-wrapped. Bad plus- for All I Care. Picking up where their acclaimed collection, Never Stop, left off, Made Possible is another creative musical advance: music made to capture and hold the attention of aware listeners everywhere.

Never Stop

Bad plus- Prog. Shrink-wrapped. Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends. Bad plus- for All I Care. It s a rapid-fire succession of engaging performances showcasing the band's range as well as its three distinct personalities.

Ten years together is a milestone we chose to mark with a set of originals, said Iverson. We re never going to stop. From gentle and melodic to fierce and abstract, from swing to 80s techno, NEVER STOP does just what the title says: it keeps rolling and flowing, a kinetic playground of new sounds. Rolling stone called their amalgam of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde about as badass as highbrow gets, while The New York Times said the band is better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post- 60s jazz and indie rock.

For the past ten years the bad plus reid anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano and David King on drums have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. You re going to have to deal with us some time or another, " says Iverson. Shrink-wrapped. With a year-long anniversary tour planned for 2010-2011, The Bad Plus is ready to solidify its status as the go-to band for the ultimate in jazz and beyond.

The new album, the group s first album of all-original material, NEVER STOP, is a ten-track set, strictly an instrumental affair and a collection whose live groove belies its studio origins.


The midwestern piano trio doesn't just link the worlds of abstract jazz and big-beat rock--instead, they smash them together, fusing bombast and subtlety with wit and art in consistently surprising ways. Bad plus- for All I Care. Shrink-wrapped. It's most apparent in the covers. King's drumming alone is a sonic and creative highlight throughout.

The originals cover even more ground--from the colliding ironies of Iverson's "Cheney Piñata" to the sweetness of drummer David King's "Frog and Toad. Produced, by tchad blake, like the last CD, Give demonstrates just how effectively pop production values and jazz spontaneity can interact. Stuart broomer Bad plus- Prog.

The pixies' "velouria" develops a heady layer of spanish impressionism, is much closer to jazz expectations--the early Paul Bley trio, " showcasing Reid Anderson's propulsive bass, say, while Ornette Coleman's "Street Woman, if jazz expectations get that high. Recorded in england after a stretch of continuous touring, Give is a more-than-worthy successor to 2003's These Are the Vistas, the major-label debut that launched the Bad Plus as a significant musical force.

Along with a new aesthetic, the Bad Plus has already begun to define a new audience, and this CD should both delight and enlarge it. Black sabbath's "iron man" becomes a manifesto, pianist Ethan Iverson combining the elementary theme with an anarchic, trip-hammer right hand straight from the playground of free jazz.


Inevitable Western

The album sees the group exploring the same set of aesthetic principles that fired their inception, a rigorous exploration of myriad musical forms born of jazz but advanced using any sonic source material that forwardstheir own indefinable thing. Bad plus- for All I Care. Bad plus- Prog. Shrink-wrapped. Most recently, the acclaimed trio took on one of the most influential works of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring, " released earlier this year.

. The past 15 years have seen the genre-smashing band creating a distinctive and original repertoire of inventive and exciting original music, along with a series of iconoclastic covers of such divergent artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. That primary spark continues to burn on tracks like anderson s lyrical "do it again" or the post rock twists and turns of King's "Gold Prisms Incorporated" The Iverson composition which gives "Inevitable Western" its title, evokes a wide-open milieu redolent of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas and the American west of Richard Avedon.

Rich with humor and mystery, "inevitable Western" is The Bad Plus at their best, affirming them as one of the most audacious and imaginative musical collectives of this or any other era. The bad plus tenth studio recording and first collection of original material since 2012's "Made Possible", "Inevitable Western" continues the leaderless trio's committed belief in what they've dubbed avant-garde populism' the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.

Shrink-wrapped. The bad plus bassist reid anderson, and drummer David King have a well earned reputation for daring deconstruction, pianist Ethan Iverson, pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio.


Shrink-wrapped. Bad plus- Prog. Shrink-wrapped. Blending a vibrant sound world of electronics, memorable hooky melodies and surprising turns of phrase, Circuits is sure to delight both the dedicated Potter fans and new listeners alike. For more than two decades, chris potter's limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity and vibrant sense of swing has wowed critics, musicians and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisors of the modern day.

His new album, circuits is immediate and uplifting, rooted in a strong sense of groove and intense improvisation. Featuring an all-star band of 23rd year keyboard and Blue Note Artist James Frances, drum virtuoso Eric Harland and bassist Linely Marthe. Bad plus- for All I Care.