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2006-09-22

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"The Bad Plus...have transformed the greying image of piano jazz with their anarchic sense of humour, modern rhythmic sensibility and noisy dynamics. They absolutely have to be heard."
-The Telegraph

"The band conveys moods rather than showing off, and the resultis an enthralling celebration of chaos. Like the best jazz, the music here never sounds quite the same on repeat listening"
-Amplifer

"If the Coen Brothers put together a jazz trio, perhaps it would be like this, the comic and the dramatic rolled together."
-The Guardian

"They are a swirling vortex that sucks in and spits out jazz, classical, rock and dance influences...Exhilarating, exhausting, irritating and utterly brilliant."
-TimeOut

The Bad Plus

Featuring: Reid Anderson - bass
Ethan Iverson - piano
David King - drums

A billboard outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport advises travelers to report "Suspicious Activity," a phrase which typifies the "paranoid security conscious society in which we're now living," says THE BAD PLUS bassist Reid Anderson. Struck by the advisory, drummer David King found in it the perfect title for the new Bad Plus album and the perfect metaphor for the group's new music.

"There is a sound in the middle of the three of us that is The Bad Plus," says David. On "Suspicious Activity?", the group's third album for Columbia Records, that sound moves and grows in fantastic new directions, testing limits of what an acoustic bass-piano-drums trio can accomplish and what genuinely new music can actually sound like.

Pianist Ethan Iverson observes, "Our concept is far removed from the traditional roles of our instrumentation. The idea of 'piano-in-front-with-two-gentle- accompanists' is so completely foreign to what we do that it's simply…gone.

"Suspicious Activity?" is the first new Bad Plus studio album since the critically-acclaimed "Give" (released March 2004). In the meantime, the group has racked-up some 250 performances on four continents, becoming one of the most telepathically tight and musically adventurous bands on the planet. Bringing its music to venues outside the traditional jazz concert circuit, The Bad Plus has drawn audiences from the realms of indie rock, techno and jam bands--the group's set at Bonnaroo being among one of the most buzzed-about events of the festival--and is on the front lines of an emerging new alternative music.

On "Suspicious Activity?", The Bad Plus--bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King--have again teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Tchad Blake, whose signature experimental sound has graced projects by Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Suzanne Vega, Los Lobos, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Phish as well as The Bad Plus' previous Columbia Records albums These Are The Vistas and Give. The new album was recorded "live" in Real World Studios in May 2005.

"The Bad Plus is controversial in jazz circles," says Ethan, "and one of the factors is the way the tones are recorded. We're not necessarily striving for the most natural tones possible; we're trying to get the best sounding record. We're a high impact band and Tchad gives us a high impact sound; he knows how to work the board to enhance our sound. I always wanted to play something new and it feels like I'm getting there with The Bad Plus."

All three members of The Bad Plus hail from the Midwest: Reid and David from Minnesota and Ethan from Wisconsin. The roots of the group date back to 1984 when Dave first heard Reid sing in a junior high rock band. Reid and Ethan met as aspiring young jazz musicians in 1989 and began playing together wherever and whenever they could. While 1990 marks Dave, Reid, and Ethan's first musical encounter, the group's eponymous debut album was released in 2001 on Fresh Sound, a Spanish independent label. A 2002 performance at New York's Village Vanguard led to the group's signing with Columbia Records.

www.thebadplus.com