Genre: Jazz
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,

Share:

The Bad Plus The Bad Plus LP (Green Vinyl)

The Bad Plus

$27.99
 
Availability: Discontinued
In Stock An In Stock item is available to ship normally within 24 business hours.
Preorder A Preorder is an item that has not yet been released. Typically the label will set a projected release date (that is subject to change). If a projected release date is known, we will include this in the description in red. Other Preorders are set to release 'TBA.' This means that release date is yet 'To Be Announced'. The Preorder can be released anywhere between weeks, months or years from its initial announcement.
Backordered An Out Of Stock item is an item that we normally have available to ship but we are temporarily out of. We do not have a specific date when it will be coming.
Awaiting Repress Awaiting repress titles are in the process of being repressed by the label. No ETA is available at this time.
Expected On When an item is Out Of Stock and we have an estimated date when our stock should arrive, we list that date on our website in the part's description. It is not guaranteed.
Special Order A Special Order item is an item that we do not stock but can order from the manufacturer. Typical order times are located within the product description.
 
SKU:
EDNLP1208
UPC:
5060509791682

Coming September 30, 2022 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

New Iteration of The Bad Plus!
Pressed on Green Vinyl!

"Evolution is necessary for life and creativity. We've evolved, but we're still The Bad Plus," say Dave King and Reid Anderson, founding drummer and bassist respectively of the groundbreaking band known then and now as The Bad Plus.

This new iteration of The Bad Plus makes its vital eponymous debut, The Bad Plus (Edition Records) now, as always, challenging convention by pushing their inimitable approach to jazz in boundary-breaking new directions. Though the components may have changed, what remains is The Bad Plus's unique musical language and their undeniable drive and intent. Reid Anderson says, "If after more than 20 years you can put out a record that has the energy of a debut album, to me, that's saying something. It's what reinventing yourself is all about."

"We believe we're making the same statement we did with the piano twenty-one years ago," says Dave King, "just with a completely different instrumentation." Reid Anderson continues, "To me the music on this record feels as fresh as anything we've ever done."

Of course, The Bad Plus have been at this crossroads before, changing their original lineup in 2017 with pianist Orrin Evans taking the seat previously occupied by founding member Ethan Iverson. Two acclaimed albums - including 2019's inspired Edition Records debut, Activate Infinity, followed, but in 2021 the decision was made to reinvent the ensemble once again.

"We purposely walked away from getting another pianist," King says. "Instead, we went this other way. We found a new sound and a more expansive range."

This is a defining album for The Bad Plus in many ways; in their 21-year journey, in sound and in change of personnel. But the consistent core thread remains. Reid continues, "Dave and I grew up playing in bands and loving bands. We wanted to form a band and make whatever sacrifices were necessary to be in that band. We're here to make the best music we can collectively and not in service of anyone's personal ego. But to talk about what The Bad Plus is, it's the writing and the song, and the perspective of what a song can be as a personal statement. That's what we're fighting for: a personal identity and respect for the imagination and the Song."

Rather than simply seeking out a new pianist, Anderson and King took a hard left turn and enlisted a pair of remarkably gifted musicians in Ben Monder - a visionary guitarist known for his work both as leader and as sideman with David Bowie (Blackstar), Theo Bleckmann, Guillermo Klein, and Paul Motian, to name but a few - and saxophonist Chris Speed, an award-winning leader/co-leader of myriad modern ensembles and longtime musical running buddy of both King and Anderson.

"These are not some young kids we found from a music school," says King.

Notwithstanding the new members' extraordinary pedigrees, the process of developing this new Bad Plus took hard work and perseverance. A series of intense rehearsals began in the summer of 2021. The quartet pored over new and old compositions by Reid and Dave and emerged with a singular group sound.

The results are a thrillingly energetic approach that retains all of the band's vaunted adventurousness while simultaneously setting them on a new pathway of genre-agonistic musical exploration. Working with engineer Brett Bullion, the band have fully maximized the sonic and dynamic possibilities of the new lineup, showcasing the virtuosity and musicality of Speed and Monder while maintaining their trademark pursuit of relentless invention and excellence. From breakneck avant-garde explosivity ("Sun Wall") to majestic psychedelia ("In the Bright Future") to dreamy meditation ("The Dandy"), the LP blazes with the very same punk attitude that has defined The Bad Plus for over two decades.

Invention and evolution have always been key to The Bad Plus's creative ethos. A jazz group that has never been a jazz band, they have propelled the genre towards a new plane that might not have been discovered without them. Having recontextualized their own chemistry, The Bad Plus not only affirms the band's continuing relevance and longevity, it burns bright on its own terms as an extraordinarily powerful debut from an all-new creative force to be reckoned with.

"We feel like we've pulled off a magic trick," Dave King says. "Changing the lineup from a trio to a quartet with guitar and saxophone that still sounds coherent as The Bad Plus. Having two main composers was our greatest card to play. Our language remains, and that's the magic."

Features

  • Vinyl LP
  • Green Vinyl

Musicians

Reid Anderson bass
Dave King drums
Ben Monder guitar
Chris Speed tenor saxophone, clarinet

Selections

  1. Motivations II
  2. Sun Wall
  3. Not Even Close to Far Off
  4. You Won't See Me Before I Come Back
  5. Sick Fire
  6. Stygian Pools
  7. In the Bright Future
  8. The Dandy

Customers Also Like