KIOS JAZZ CD Of The Month: The Bad Plus Joshua Redman / Nonesuch Records

Jul 1, 2015

A band known for their fearless re-arrangements of pop classics into unpredictable jazz explorations, The Bad Plus have earned a reputation as iconoclasts.

For listeners who might have hesitated listening to them in the past, the addition of a fourth member to the band is a revelation.

Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone, joins the core trio-- Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, and David King on drums on a new recording, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman.

And the band has never sounded better.

Listen to "Silence Is The Question" and you will hear a nearly 15 minute long roof raising experience of music which recalls John Coltrane's most spirited flights in the 1960s. Joshua Redman's saxophone artistry adds immensely to the overall sound of the band, which has a well deserved reputation for musical fearlessness and bold leaps into the unknown. Standout tunes include "Beauty Has It Hard", "Dirty Blonde", "Faith Through Error", "Friend Or Foe" and the previously mentioned "Silence Is The Question".

The Bad Plus is well known for their fearless demolitions of pop classics such as "Chariots of Fire" as well as reverential performances of numbers such as "New Year's Day". They have performed twice in Omaha to enthusiastic audiences. The band visited Omaha in 2013 with a concert that included a performance of   Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

With the addition of Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman reaches new heights of creativity, inspiration, and artistry.

The Bad Plus fans will not be disappointed by this addition to the band's recorded works.

Listen to an interview with Reid Anderson of the Bad Plus

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