BAD TIDINGS

Jazz bridges the pop gaps

Critics effuse about The Bad Plus being "highbrow"—but then some of us maintain that Nirvana was just that, too. So when this experimental jazz trio covers "Lithium," it's not a contrast of peaks and valleys, of low meets high, but just an audacious idea perfectly executed; the troupe skips merrily around time signatures and genres, updating Stravinsky and Pink Floyd with intrepid flair—straight, no gimmick.
Fri., Jan. 1, 9 & 11 p.m., 2010

 
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