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  • Audio CD (27 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Emarcy
  • ASIN: B003VC513U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,734 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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For the past ten years The Bad Plus—Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano and David King on drums—have created an uncompromising body of work, shattering musical convention. Rolling Stone called their amalgam of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde “about as badass as highbrow gets,” while The New York Times said the band is “better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock.” Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends.

While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock, electronic and classical idioms. With Never Stop they tackle their first album of all-original material – taking inspiration from the genres they’ve previously covered.

The Bad Plus will be in the UK in November 2010, curating a weekend of gigs at King’s Place, as part of the London Jazz Festival, as well as performing their own sets through the weekend.

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`A' star stuff from The Bad Plus! Every track on `Never Stop' states TBP are back to their best. The previous album `For All I Care' did nothing for me whereas `Never Stop' proves TBP are better as a trio. All original TBP tracks on this new album giving a feeling they are evolving into the finest jazz trio around. Track one `The Radio Tower Has A Beating Heart' is a wonderful two section master piece. `People Like You' is another track to savour...
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Format: Audio CD
The only down side of this album is the lack of a catchy Nirvana cover that really throws the rhythm or catches you unawares. But what I have loved about their albums is how the entire thing grows on me as I listen, and it is their way with music that comes across again and again, each time fresh.
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Format: Vinyl
Typically recognisable collection of songs here from The Plus, their first album of all their own material, though varied, contains all the hallmarks of their previous albums. Fine instrumentation from the band - interjecting, sometimes tumbling, always entertaining, though I did miss their usual one or two sparkly covers on the album, but well worth adding to any Plus fan's collection.

The sound quality on vinyl is well up to standard and in places stunning, though overall it is let down by poor quality pressings, surface noise largely due to severe lack of quality control - scuff marks, pops and clicks all due to lack of care in the pressing/finishing department. Hope the band finds another maker who takes a little pride in their work and can do Bad Plus better justice on the vinyl front, I was put off buying their other vinyl release "For all i care" for this reason, but who cares, I am only the one buying their music, after all...though I hope I Never Stop.
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Very clever music making and rather an acquired taste - I think the cover photo explains what is going on perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Frontier: A Novel Voice in Jazz 16 Mar. 2012
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
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The glowing reviews from largely self-selected fans of The Bad Plus cast doubt on the controversial aspects of their peculiar music, being a truly novel, category-defying, amalgation of avant-garde free jazz and alternative rock; however, many jazz enthusiasts still scratch their heads. And yet, and yet their energetic musical structures, or destructures, captivate. Dave King's drum work particularly is a creative force both in its chopping up of rhythm and its various tones. The piano is a percussive instrument, a lesson relearned as Ethan Iverson hammers the keys with melodic phrases and din. The bass of Reid Anderson also acts percussively but with additional layering of riffs. Artists search for their own special voice. The Bad Plus certainly has developed their now recognizable sound. Those on the frontier sometimes go to extremes in pushing the boundaries, as I personally believe this group has done previously. Even so, it is in service to jazz. This album is somewhat more tame and much better developed than, for instance, Prog. The tunes are entirely their own compositions. My favorites are track 5, People Like You, and track 7, Snowball, with their slower ballad foundation. Track 9, Bill Hickman at Home, with its honky-tonk New Orleans piano and snare and brushes, allows the band's humor an outlet. Anderson also gets to step out with his solo bass improvisation. They end well in the brief Super America, a propulsive, hand-clapping, ditty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where jazz left off in the 60s 22 Jan. 2012
By F. Y. Chan - Published on Amazon.com
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Strangely enough the jazz period of the 50s and 60s didn't end with a bang but instead a whimper that quietly disappeared. Replacing it was fusion which would have it's own sad death in the 80s. 90s nothing. The new millennium would some revival in Jazz culminating with the bad plus. If you've ever wondered where Jazz left off and who restarted it, these guys are it. More of a focused freestyle than any other genre these guys know where the song ends and starts. I would willing to go out on limb and say that there's some spiritual moments to be had here in alot of their songs and it is simply brilliant. I've been waiting all my life for jazz to start where Miles left off and they do and they deliver. The subtle melodies that come through their orchestrated madness are nothing short of breath taking and it's simply jazz at it's finest. Thank god for all of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction to progressive jazz 28 Nov. 2010
By Robert Q Benedict - Published on Amazon.com
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I listen to a fair amount of traditional jazz and "Never Stop" is a great way to move into more the progressive end of the jazz pool. With a nice blend of gleeful chaos and melodies that aren't out of reach The Bad Plus really brings it home with a kind of swashbuckling creativity. The first track "The Radio Tower Has A Beating Heart" drops you in the deep end of the chaos and then eases back into a very melodic finish. Tracks like "You are" and "People like you" are more traditional but pace the album very nicely. Definitely a new favorite.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 22 Aug. 2016
By E. J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Love these guys. They were at Jazz Alley--glad I went that night.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 May 2015
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
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possibly my favorite Bad Plus album
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