The Bad Plus
Since its outset, The Bad Plus has dared to be different, challenging all preconceived notions of jazz. Through a provocative style of arrangements and compositions they call ‘avant-garde populism’, their unique blend of influences, ranging from experimental jazz, indie rock, pop, and classical music has earned this ‘audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio’ (Billboard) a reputation as one of the most universally well-respected bands in jazz today. The intensely collaborative group 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.
In 2021 the band announced their plans to move forward with founding members Reid Anderson and David King, as pianist Orrin Evans made the decision to further pursue the music under his name and closed his chapter with The Bad Plus. While this marks the end of The Bad Plus as a piano trio (for now, at least), they are looking forward to expanding the ensemble as they work on creating music for the next album.