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The Bad Plus and Guests

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Jazz Alley Downtown
June 7-8 2016 21+

$29.50

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The one thing I can say about Bad Plus, a technically sophisticated but open-minded jazz trio (piano, bass, drums) from Minneapolis, is that their rendition of Tears for Fears new-wave classic 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World' proves that great musicians are defined not so much by their ability to play difficult music in a canon but to raise simple music, pop tunes, to the level of a high and difficult art. CM

I often get the sense that modern jazz has a difficult time communicating with listeners who are not already steeped in the form. Much of the music can seem too cerebral and disconnected from wider culture, unless a listener has enough experience with the genre to appreciate its nuances. The Bad Plus neatly skirt this problem. For one, their taste in covers skews popular—they’ve included Radiohead in their set list, among other rock acts. For another, drummer Dave King plays with a manic physicality that injects copious nitro into the trio’s engine. JOSEPH SCHAFER

Jazz Alley

2033 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
206-441-9729
Hours: Tues-Sun from 5:30 pm.
http://www.jazzalley.com

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  • Tues-Sun from 5:30 pm.
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  • June 7-8 2016
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