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Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. (Erik Jacobs for NPR)

The Bad Plus With Bill Frisell, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

by Patrick Jarenwattananon
Aug 8, 2012 (WGBH Radio)

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Drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Bassist Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Guitarist Bill Frisell performs with The Bad Plus at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival. Pianist Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Patrick Jarenwattananon

Here's a pairing that raises the question: "Why hasn't this happened before?" The Bad Plus have been a revisionist cover band and today mostly make original piano trio music sui generis. Bill Frisell is the quintessential jazz collaborator: The guitarist, making the second of three appearances at this year's Newport Jazz Festival, is down for anything involving good musicians, and can be counted on to execute it well. Together, they paid tribute to one of their mutual heroes, the late drummer Paul Motian, in a set comprised mostly of his haunting compositions.

Set List

  • "The Owl Of Cranston" (Paul Motian)
  • "Mumbo Jumbo" (Motian)
  • "No Moe" (Sonny Rollins)
  • "It Should Have Happened A Long Time Ago" (Motian)
  • "Abacus" (Motian)

Personnel

  • Ethan Iverson, piano
  • Reid Anderson, bass
  • Dave King, drums
  • Bill Frisell, guitar
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