These omnivorous rag & bone jazz men are the perennial skunks at the garden party, an unclassifiable power trio with tastes that stretch from Milton Babbitt to Black Sabbath. Like the Twilight Zone jukebox that plays all your favorite tunes, just slightly off, they’re easily the only act to be asked back to the Blue Note after covering “Heart of Glass” there. Most recently, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring passed through their impressionistic prism and emerged with breakbeat minimalism. The composition caused a riot in 1913–maybe it’s time the Bad Plus led a reprise. With Joshua Redman.
April 19-24, 8 & 10:30 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 13, 2011