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As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds their fated fourth member in longtime friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and David King — pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.”
Now touring as a four-part collective, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman have released an album of original compositions written by — and specifically for — this ensemble. As The Boston Globe says, “The new album seems to seal this collaboration as a creative unit on its own terms, not merely a band showcasing a featured soloist.”
A brilliant collaboration between genre-smashing powerhouse trio The Bad Plus and Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman push the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination.
At once cutting edge and unquestionably engaging, The Bad Plus is among the biggest, boldest acts in jazz. Pouring huge energy and personality into originals and arrangements of Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Nirvana and Stravinsky, these post-modern jazz giants twist genres and push limits at every turn. As tight a unit as you’ll find, The Bad Plus have had great success looping in heavyweights collaborators (Bill Frisell, Kurt Rosenwinkel), and critically-acclaimed saxophonist Joshua Redman has the chops and charisma to reckon with the intrepid trio.
Reinventing the standard jazz trio with a defiantly convention-breaking approach to improvisational music, The Bad Plus has carved out a niche as one of the most unique voices in modern music. The trio, featuring Ethan Iverson (piano), Dave King (drums) and Reid Anderson (bass) first gained notice for their audacious interpretations of rock and pop songs. Tunes that have gotten the Bad Plus treatment include Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”, Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”, Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love?”, and even Stravinsky’s “Variation d’Apollon”. No surprise, they were nominated #2 next to the Wayne Shorter Quartet for Best Jazz Group in the 62nd Annual Critics Poll.
Joshua Redman is one the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the 90s. With a big meaty tone and a soulful style reminiscent of Sonny Rollins, the wildly talented and expressive tenor saxophonist has become a standard-bearer for exciting contemporary jazz, while his accessibility and charisma have made him one of the more popular and recognizable jazz artists. He’s now released fifteen recordings as a leader, two of which have been nominated for a Grammy. With “boisterous exuberance and lyrical elegance” (All About Jazz), Redman’s consummate artistry has helped define modern jazz as we know it.
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