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The Bad Plus

Jez Nelson presents The Bad Plus performing music from their latest album Inevitable Western at London's Village Underground club as part of the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival.

Cult US trio The Bad Plus perform at the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival.

Throughout their career The Bad Plus have traversed ground from Stravinsky to David Bowie, Queen to jazz standards - but whether joyously reimagining pop classics or outing their own compositions, the band's iconoclastic sound has always remained a product of its three distinct players: pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King. For many fans their famed cover versions acted as the gateway, but here performing to a sold-out room at East London's cavernous Village Underground club, The Bad Plus focus almost entirely on originals from their latest album Inevitable Western. Be it twisting rhythmic workouts, anthemic piano hammering or freewheeling improvisation, it's a performance delivered with a telepathic conviction born of many years on stage together.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Miranda Hinkley.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • The Bad Plus in concert at the Village Underground, London on 17 November 2014

    • The Bad Plus

      Mr Now

      Composer: Ethan Iverson

  • New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen dissuss joins Jez on the line

    • The Bad Plus

      Keep The Bugs Off The Glass And The Bears Off Your Ass

      Composer: David King

    • The Bad Plus

      Dirty Blonde

      Composer: Reid Anderson

  • The Bad Plus in concert at the Village Underground, London on 17 November 2014

    • The Bad Plus

      Wolf Out

      Composer: David King

    • The Bad Plus

      Self Serve

      Composer: Ethan Iverson

    • The Bad Plus

      I Hear You

      Composer: Reid Anderson

    • The Bad Plus

      Epistolary Echoes

      Composer: David King

    • The Bad Plus

      Do It Again

      Composer: Reid Anderson

  • The Bad Plus answer questions from the fans

    • The Bad Plus

      I Hear You

      Composer: Reid Anderson

    • Genesis

      Down And Out

      Composer: Phil Collins / Tony Banks / Mike Rutherford

      • And Then There Were Three....
      • Charisma / Atlantic.
    • The Bad Plus

      Physical Cities

      Composer: Reid Anderson

  • The Bad Plus in concert at the Village Underground, London on 17 November 2014

    • The Bad Plus

      Knows The Difference

      Composer: Reid Anderson

    • The Bad Plus

      Gold Prisms Incorporated

      Composer: David King

    • The Bad Plus

      Seven Minute Mind

      Composer: Reid Anderson

    • The Bad Plus

      Physical Cities

      Composer: Reid Anderson

  • Jez and Nate Chinen discuss the new film Whiplash

Line up:

Ethan Iverson (piano); Reid Anderson (bass); David King (drums)

Broadcast

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