The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman
According to The New York Times “nobody can combine the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock as well as Bad Plus”. The paper forgot to mention that techno, avant-garde and classical also play important roles in the extremely dynamic and multi-dimensional sound of the band. Now this pioneer of modern piano trios extends its sound exceptionally with the saxophone comet Joshua Redman.
Pianist Ethan Iverson, double bass player Reid Anderson and drummer David King played together shortly in 1989, but started Bad Plus only in 2000. The first, eponymous album came out on a small independent label. However, the word spread about the intensity and sheer fun of the talented trio’s live performances and the second album, These Are The Vistas, was released by Columbia. Since then they have made six excellent albums. Having created a stir with their intelligently wild version of songs by artists as diverse as Nirvana, Aphex Twin, Black Sabbath and David Bowie, the trio of three composers offers only originals on their latest album Never Stop, though they recently did perform their take on Igor Stravinsky’s Rites of Spring.
Having started on clarinet and playing also several other instruments, Joshua “Dewey’s son” Redman was quickly considered to be one of the foremost saxophonists of the 90’s generation. He has recorded profusely as a leader and worked not only with his peers, but also old masters, like Elvin Jones, Paul Motian and Charlie Haden.