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9 people found this helpful
on 24 October 2008
I saw the Bad Plus at the North Sea Jazz festival, where they were previewing songs from this album. When they introduced Wendy Lewis three or four songs into their set there were people - presumably those who didn't want to hear a singer - leaving. All I can say is that they missed out. The music on this album was incredible in a live setting and everything that made it special then is still there in the recorded versions.
It would be difficult to pick out any tracks for individual praise if it weren't for the staggering quality of Comfortably Numb. In July they got a long (several minutes) standing ovation, and listening to it on the record practically makes me want to applaud my stereo all over again.
Generally I prefer instrumental to vocal jazz, but this is on a whole new level. The Bad Plus have made a reputation from re-interpreting well-known songs and it was only a matter of time before they tried adding vocals to the mix. It works.