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The Bad Plus: Bio

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.

The band consists of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) - a group of passionate collaborators with no single "leader." Never Stop II is the first full-length release from this lineup, comprised entirely of original music with each member contributing fresh compositions. The New York Times calls it "an exhilarating document" that sparks an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.

1 Introduction
2 The Augurs of Spring
3 Ritual of Abduction
4 Spring Rounds
5 Games of the Two Rival Tribes / Procession of the Sage
6 The Sage / Dance of the Earth
7 Introduction
8 Mystic Circle of the Young Girls
9 Glorification of the Chosen One
10 Evocation of the Igor Stravinsky Ancestors / Ritual Action of the Ancestors
11 Sacrificial Dance
The Bad Plus - On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring {Excerpts}
David King talks about how he tackles score for Stravinsky's Rite of Spring / Duke University panel
The Rite Of Spring - Audio Special
The Bad Plus: The Band That Never Stops

Sony Music Masterworks releases Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, arranged and performed by The Bad Plus. The long anticipated recording FEATURING bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King takes on one of the most influential works of the 20th century, a complex score fraught with revolutionary experiments in rhythm and metre, tonality and dissonance. The Bad Plus have a well-earned reputation for pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio, and for the past 14 years have seen the genre-smashing band creating a distinctive repertoire of inventive original music, along with a series of iconoclastic covers of such divergent artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman, among others.

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PRI/Jazz After Hours & Here and Now, Sixty Second CD
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