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The Bad Plus is all good

Jazz piano trio reimagines the classics: Nirvana, Wilco, David Bowie.

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"Wouldn't it be great to hear a jazz version of Led Zeppelin?" That's what Reid Anderson asked his bandmate Dave King, when the two first played together in high school, two decades ago. "It's always been part of the jazz tradition to play the pop music of the day," Anderson says. Playing a mix of jazz covers of pop and rock songs, along with original material, the jazz piano trio teamed up with vocalist Wendy Lewis, a friend from the Minneapolis indie scene, for its last record, For All I Care, released in February---the duo's first vocal album in the band's almost 10-year history. As well as its own jazz material, The Bad Plus has covered everything from contemporary classical music like Stravinsky and Milton Babbitt to contemporary classics Nirvana, Wilco and Aphex Twin.

The Bad Plus

Thursday, July 16, 9pm

Baronet Ballroom, Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington $25-$30 at atlanticjazzfestival.ca

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