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The Bad Plus + Bill Frisell, Live From Newport

  • Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Bassist Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Bassist Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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  • Guitarist Bill Frisell performs with The Bad Plus at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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    Guitarist Bill Frisell performs with The Bad Plus at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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The Bad Plus With Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

August 8, 2012A long-running piano trio sui generis meets one of its heroes, a guitarist seemingly down for anything involving good musicians. Here at Newport, the group pays tribute to one of its colleagues, the late drummer and composer Paul Motian.

Here's a pairing that raises the question: "Why hasn't this happened before?" The Bad Plus have been a revisionist cover band and today mostly make original piano trio music sui generis. Bill Frisell is the quintessential jazz collaborator: The guitarist, making the second of three appearances at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, is down for anything involving good musicians, and can be counted on to execute it well. Together, they paid tribute to one of their mutual heroes, the late drummer Paul Motian, in a set comprised mostly of his haunting compositions.

Set List
  • "The Owl Of Cranston" (Paul Motian)
  • "Mumbo Jumbo" (Motian)
  • "No Moe" (Sonny Rollins)
  • "It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago" (Motian)
  • "Abacus" (Motian)
Personnel
  • Ethan Iverson, piano
  • Reid Anderson, bass
  • Dave King, drums
  • Bill Frisell, guitar

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About The Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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