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Charenee Wade led a band featuring saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin in a program featuring the music of Gil Scott-Heron (and his collaborator, Brian Jackson).
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January 20, 2016 After wading through more music than one person can possibly see, here's how six different writers (and a photographer) remember this year's edition of a glorious annual overload.
Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus play the Detroit Jazz Festival.
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May 18, 2015 Both the saxophonist and the collaborative trio are among the most celebrated and thoughtful jazz acts of the last couple decades. Their new quartet together remakes each others' tunes.
Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus' new album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, comes out May 26.
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May 17, 2015 The rangy, prolific jazz trio teams up with the tenor-sax great for a journey into the murky, terrifying, thrilling unknown.
The Bad Plus' new album, The Rite of Spring, comes out March 25.
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March 16, 2014 A jazz trio plays the score to Igor Stravinsky's gloriously noisy, 101-year-old fever dream of a ballet as literally as possible — and still manages to sound like itself.
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September 11, 2013 Known for experimentation, The Bad Plus' drummer performs conventional modern jazz on the side. With two underground rhythm-section guys, he travels to one of New York City's most prestigious clubs.
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September 10, 2013 Before he was the drummer for The Bad Plus, King developed a strong work ethic — or maybe not — doing various forms of menial labor in the Midwest. He speaks on telemarketing, Orange Julius, and how it applies (or doesn't) to his own bands.
Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.
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May 26, 2013 A 100-year-old ballet, composed by a Russian for a French audience, has become something of a standard in an idiom which didn't exist when it premiered. Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's masterwork has inspired multiple generations of improvisers.
Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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August 8, 2012 A long-running piano trio sui generis meets one of its heroes, a guitarist down for anything involving good musicians. Here, the group pays tribute to the late drummer and composer Paul Motian.
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The latest project from The Bad Plus shifts the jazz trio's focus from rock classics to a classical masterpiece.
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March 19, 2011 The genre-mashing jazz trio has tackled songs by Nirvana, Black Sabbath and David Bowie. Their latest challenge? Stravinsky.
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The Bad Plus (L-R): Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King.
December 23, 2010 The power piano trio was born in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area 10 years ago, and since then, it's become one of the biggest acts in jazz. As we count down to 2011, here's how the power piano trio rang in 2010 at the Village Vanguard in New York.
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