The Bad Plus

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About The Bad Plus

An acclaimed, genre-bending jazz trio, the Bad Plus play a maverick combination of originals and covers that blur the line between post-bop jazz and instrumental rock. Formed in 1989, their self-titled 2001 debut included reinventions of pop songs by ABBA and Nirvana. While that feat followed them through press clippings over the years, the band continually sought to redefine jazz piano as a work in progress. On 2007's Prog, they juxtaposed jazz with classical music and pop, while 2008's For All I Care was comprised entirely of covers performed with vocalist Wendy Lewis. In 2014, they recorded a note-for-note trio re-creation of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, and in 2019, with new pianist Orrin Evans, they delivered Activate Infinity, a collection of eight originals. After his departure in 2021, they recorded The Bad Plus as a pianoless quartet with guitarist Ben Monder and saxophonist Chris Speed.

HOMETOWN
Minneapolis, MN, United States of America
FORMED
1990