Photo by Shervin Lainez


The Bad Plus

Daily from Dec. 25-28
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Holiday, Jazz

As idiosyncratic, locally weaned jazz mavericks the Bad Plus settle in for their annual Christmas week residency, the most obvious change is Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans replacing departed co-founder Ethan Iverson. Also clear is Evans’ natural synergy with drummer Dave King, bassist Reid Anderson, and the band’s quirky geometry. The new lineup’s first album, Never Stop II, is a vibrant, all-originals affair reveling in the Plus’ characteristic eccentric blend of jazz virtuosity, surrealist perspective, and punk spirit. Anderson’s emblematic leadoff “Hurricane Birds” is an incisive swirl of stormy chords, warped melodies, and angular rhythms.