by The Bad Plus
Released: Sep 2012
Label: eOne Music
What to expect from a jazz group that takes on Stravinsky when not covering The Flaming Lips? This time: a stylistically wild and raucous batch of originals (save Paul Motian's "Victoria") that finds the acoustic power trio using some drum programming and synth sounds. These cuts, apt to change at the midway point, all feel alive -- particularly "Wolf Out" and the putative pro-Obama anthem "Re-Elect That." There's also beauty in store, as on "Pound for Pound." And pianist Ethan Iverson's affection for early jazz comes through in the two-beat rhythm of "I Want to Feel Good Pt. 2."
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