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Concerts

Dave King.

September 11, 2013 The Bad Plus' drummer plays moody standards with fellow underground guys from the Upper Midwest.

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Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

August 8, 2012 A piano trio sui generis meets one of its heroes, a guitarist down for anything.

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December 23, 2010 As we count down to 2011, here's how the power piano trio rang in 2010 at the Village Vanguard.

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December 23, 2010 As we count down to 2011, here's how the power piano trio rang in 2010 at the Village Vanguard.

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The Bad Plus performing at the Village Vanguard.

December 31, 2009 The trio's festive humor comes to light as it ushers in a new decade with new original compositions.

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David King of The Bad Plus performs at Newport Jazz.

August 8, 2009 The addition of an alt-rock vocalist recasts the trio as a postmodern, improvising cover band.

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February 12, 2009 The Bad Plus and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra perform at the Fifth Annual Portland Jazz Festival.

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June 23, 2006 Hear Britain's enigmatic art-rock band Gomez, recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

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Studio Sessions

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April 21, 2009 With a rock singer in tow, the energetic jazz trio performs songs by Nirvana and The Bee Gees.

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September 17, 2008 The adventurous classical pianist finds inspiration from an equally free-spirited jazz trio.

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November 13, 2007 Hear the not-quite-jazz trio in an interview and performance recorded by WBGO.

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Interviews & Profiles

Dave King.

September 10, 2013 The drummer dishes on telemarketing, Orange Julius, and how it applies to leading his own bands.

The latest project from The Bad Plus shifts the jazz trio's focus from rock classics to a classical masterpiece.

March 20, 2011 The jazz trio has tackled songs by Nirvana and David Bowie. Their latest challenge? Stravinsky.

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September 10, 2010 Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and Dave King break down the 10 songs on their new album, Never Stop..

Discover Songs

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September 7, 2010 All Songs Considered features highlights from a series showcasing new albums in their entirety.

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November 16, 2009 We begin our 50 most important recordings of the decade with composer John Adams.

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February 9, 2009 The jazz outfit The Bad Plus revisits that falsetto-fueled Bee Gees relic, "How Deep Is Your Love."

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January 5, 2009 Now on All Songs Considered: Andrew Bird, The Bad Plus, Chopteeth, and more.

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September 17, 2008 The adventurous classical pianist finds inspiration from an equally free-spirited jazz trio.

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April 3, 2007 The Bad Plus' slow-burning "Giant" mixes post-bop and bossa nova into mellow, trance-inducing pop.

August 17, 2006 It's been a busy year for live music on All Songs Considered. Bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yea...

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February 17, 2003 A musical trainwreck from Bill Joy; The poetry of Poe as sung by Lou Reed; Rebel warriors turned...

Reviews

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September 7, 2010 All Songs Considered features highlights from a series showcasing new albums in their entirety.

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February 13, 2009 Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album from The Bad Plus joined by Wendy Lewis.

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February 9, 2009 The jazz outfit The Bad Plus revisits that falsetto-fueled Bee Gees relic, "How Deep Is Your Love."

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January 5, 2009 Now on All Songs Considered: Andrew Bird, The Bad Plus, Chopteeth, and more.

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April 3, 2007 The Bad Plus' slow-burning "Giant" mixes post-bop and bossa nova into mellow, trance-inducing pop.

More Stories

Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.

May 26, 2013 Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's ballet has inspired generations of improvisers.

The Bad Plus' new album, The Rite of Spring, comes out March 25.

March 16, 2014 A jazz trio plays the score to a noisy, 101-year-old fever dream of a ballet.

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September 5, 2010 It's one of the leading names in jazz, but The Bad Plus is also a weirdo instrumental rock band.

Led by the late Esbjorn Svensson, E.S.T. was one of the premier modern piano trios.

October 20, 2008 Hear songs by five piano-trio leaders who keep the acoustic jazz tradition alive in fresh ways.

The Brad Mehldau Trio.

September 15, 2008 Here are five jazz artists who break away from the "standards" for more modern fare.

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