Few jazz groups have maintained long lived, commercial success like Minneapolis-based group The Bad Plus. Since their first release, Motel, in 2001, the group has stayed fresh and relevant due both to their knack for covering songs that a jazz group would never consider covering, and their original tunes that somehow keep pushing the envelope in creativity and contemporary flair. Pianist Ethan Iverson departed the group in 2017, and bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King subsequently welcomed renowned pianist Orrin Evans into the group in 2018. This years ‘Never Stop II’ marks the groups first album without Iverson, but as Rolling Stone writer Hank Shteamer points out in his review of ‘Never Stop II’, “personnel swap aside, Never Stop II is Bad Plus business as usual.”
The group is kicking off a 5-month tour around the US (with a final stop in the UK) with a four day residency at Minneapolis’ own Dakota Jazz Club. They will play two shows a night, 7 and 9 PM, from December 25th through December 28th, and tickets are still available HERE. These are shows you will NOT want to miss, I promise!
DEC 25-28 Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN