Recommended by Andrew Hamlin
Drummer Dave King, bassist Reid Anderson, and pianist Reid Iverson play jazz, but they take out their chops on classic rock, new wave, Nirvana—stuff you probably know from the radio and not from Bad Plus-ations. I fretted they’d amount to lounge, but King’s unpredictable, over-caffeinated fills calmed me down on that score. The Bad Plus take apart, for example, Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” mixing up the riffs, the bridge, chorus, filtering it through substitute chords, arpeggios, simmering down to simplicity once more, but not the same simplicity. Shall you learn more about them, or about your favorite eagworms?