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Bringing joy to a chaotic classic, an interview with The Bad Plus Special

The Bad Plus found fame with creative cover versions of rock and roll classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” With their latest release, however, the trio is tacklingthe work of Igor Stravinsky.
 

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Various types of language -- that of Stravinsky  and The Bad Plus themselves -- complement one anoth...
Various types of language -- that of Stravinsky, and The Bad Plus themselves -- complement one another nicely on "The Rite of Spring" (Sony Music Masterworks), recorded last year and released last month. Having toured the "Rite" extensively since, sometimes performing as a group, sometimes with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Anderson says they're able to perform the Stravinsky work now "with a bit more abandon."
Sony Music Masterworks
The Bad Plus  from left  Dave King  Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpre...
The Bad Plus, from left, Dave King, Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson. They offer a jazz-trio interpretation of “The Rite of Spring,” Stravinsky’s ballet score.
Cameron Wittig