Tuesday 22 July: The Bad Plus

Followed by Jam session at Rafferty’s (free adm)
Hawk’s Well Theatre, 8pm, €20/18
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Reid Anderson: Bass
Ethan Iverson: piano
David King: drums
The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus’ ninth studio recording (and first since 2012’s Made Possible), The Rite of Spring 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.
“It’s about as badass as highbrow gets.”  – Rolling Stone
“Better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock…..” – The New York Times
“Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine…Dynamics play a huge roll in the act’s music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key… jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.” – Billboard
“So, if this piano trio wants to play as loud as a rock band…well, let ’em rip….these bad boys have the musicianship to back up their attitude.”– The New Yorker
“The Bad Plus are an acoustic jazz trio for the future.”– Blender“With the most distinctive sound of any three-piece outfit since Nirvana, The Bad Plus again demonstrate vitality few bands–rock, jazz, or whatever–can match.”– Amplifer“The Bad Plus are a reminder that American jazz hasn’t gone to sleep. Play any of their albums and their collective sound leaps out of your speaker, steps all over your furniture and scares the bejesus out of the cat.”
– Observer Music Monthly