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The Bad Plus — bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King — have a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The past 15 years have seen the genre-smashing band create a distinctive and original repertoire of inventive and exciting original music, along with iconoclastic covers of artists as divergent as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. Earlier this year, the acclaimed trio took on one of the most influential works of the 20th Century, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (Sony Music Masterworks).
The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, garnering critical acclaim and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, idiosyncratic personality and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the deeply collaborative trio constantly searches for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.
A genuinely leaderless trio, The Bad Plus is equal in every respect, from composition to performance to production. The interplay between these collaborators has marked the group’s work from the jump, infusing it with carefully considered spontaneity, subtlety, style, and depth.
Saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the ’90s and has established himself as one of the most consistent and successful bandleaders. He has worked and recorded with many great jazz artists, in various ensemble configurations, for two decades. His most recently released recording is Trios Live (Nonesuch – 2014), documenting Redman’s live piano-less trio performances. In 2013, an album of ballads titledWalking Shadows was released (Nonesuch – 2013), Redman’s first recording to include an orchestral ensemble. Always craving new musical exploration, Redman currently continues his role as Artistic Director of Wigmore Hall’s Jazz Series in London; performs globally with his Quartet; tours with his Trio; and continues his work with the collaborative band James Farm. He looks forward to pushing musical boundaries when he joins forces with his friends and colleagues The Bad Plus in this very special series of concerts.