Addition to “VIPS & Me” Page: The Bad Plus
Today, I have a new addition to my “VIPS & Me” page: The Bad Plus. As a contributing writer for Elmore Magazine: Saving American Music, I get the priviledge to review many great albums and, more importantly, get to discover innovative artists that would have otherwise elluded me. One of those artists was The Bad Plus, a Minnesota-based jazz trio. While doing research prior to review their latest CD, Never Stop, I stumbled on their cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Simply put, it sounded like what I hoped a jazz version of that song would sound like, ultra heavy, funky and brooding. These guys are notorious for their great intepretations, such as Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” and others. Their original work is far more adventurous, which is shocking. Pianist Ethan Iverson plays dark and If I were you, I’d find out when’s the next time they’ll be playing near you. Seeing them live is a one-of-a-kind experience.