on 4 November 2007
Jazz fresh air never smelt so good. The Bad Plus are one of the best modern jazz bands in the world. Their music has got better and better over the years and this CD has helped them reach another high-point.
This is music that describes a band of equal partners, high ambition and equally high attainment; it's music that moves you from the very opening phrases of the 'Everybody wants to rule the world', the track that starts the CD, to the industrial tension of the rhythmically demanding 'Physical cities' with its motorcycle purring double bass line and crashing conclusion. I also love the quirkiness of the compilation (putting pop, rock and original tunes together) and composition titles such as 'Thriftstore jewelry'.
If you've not heard of the Bad Plus and this is your first venture into their music you will certainly be kicking yourself for not having discovered them before.
When music is this good you might wonder where further innovation will from. You may also be wise to keep an eye (and an ear) out for the next Bad Plus release.