It had been raining quite a bit in Austin lately. For much of September, really, South Texas had been getting some much needed rain to replenish the Edwards Aquifer and to quell the talk of drought year after year. Normally, this rain would be welcome, but The Bad Plus' performance at The Belmont on Saturday the 28th would be outdoors; besides the interesting adaptations the famed trio had to make during their soundcheck, the concerns about weather were more than significant. Nevertheless, rain or shine, the show must go on, and go on it did.
Consider for a moment the career arc of The Bad Plus. When the trio of pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer Dave King burst onto the scene with their swirling, intricate, playful compositions and head-turning rock covers back in the early aughts, music fans the world over had strong opinions about what this music was -- jazz or otherwise -- and where this group would go. Over more than a decade, this group has dazzled us with their albums from their first major release in 2003, These Are The Vistas, to their latest album, Made Possible. In fact, Made Possible appears to be a return to form for the dynamic trio after their rather vocal (pun intended) left turn with 2008's For All I Care featuring Wendy Lewis and what came off as a checkpoint in their sojourn back to their trademark sound with 2010's Never Stop. Nevertheless, Made Possible, available on Entertainment One Music, is the group's finest album since 2007's Prog and the clear logical next step for a trio that has arguably changed the game in the jazz genre.
Over the weekend, the Twitter account for The Bad Plus (which Ethan Iverson recently announced is now being run by Jason Tors) posted an hour long video of the trio performing at the 36th Victoria-Gasteix Jazz Festival with saxophonist Joshua Redman back in July. The performance, which covers various selections from the group's decade-long span, is definitely worth a watch.
Whispers have been spreading around the internet in the last few days about a new album from The Bad Plus releasing soon. Well, IFC just posted a video of the EPK for the trio's new album, Made Possible, releasing next month (though it's embeded after the jump).
The jazz internet is finally complete-- Ethan Iverson, pianist for The Bad Plus and all-around pontificator (seriously, if you aren't reading [or at times stumbling in dumbfounded awe] through his Do The Math, I don't know what you use the internet for), is finally on Twitter. Act accordingly. Carry on with your day.