The Bad Plus

The latest unprecedented, left-field project by locally originated jazz provocateurs the Bad Plus is a spectacular interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's iconic classical composition The Rite of Spring, arranged for piano, bass, and drums. As the work of revolutionaries covering revolutionary, it is exquisitely stormy, brilliantly conceived, and fiercely played, Stravinsky's angularities inciting the trio's own as if in some twilight-zone collaboration, capturing the renegade spirit of the original while asserting a distinct quotient of Badness. Spring is unlikely to be sprung by Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, and Dave King during the band's annual Christmas-week run on its home turf. But anyone from Stravinsky to Gershwin to Coltrane to Pink Floyd to Fats Waller to Nirvana may crop up among the Plus's notoriously deconstructed covers or just under the surface of their equally outrageous originals. That bloke from the Guardian still best nailed the band: "If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together." (Photo by Cameron Wittig)
Mondays, Fridays, Sundays, 7 & 9 p.m. Starts: Dec. 23. Continues through Dec. 27, 2011

 
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