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The Bad Plus return to Jazz Bistro for annual 4 night run / St. Louis Post - Dispatch

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Pianist Ethan Iverson is best known as a member of the Bad Plus, a jazz trio that has pulled off the not-so-easy trick of attracting a young audience to an art form whose cultural relevance is constantly in question. Also featuring bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King, the rock-influenced band has established a solid St. Louis following and will return to Ferring Jazz Bistro on Wednesday for its annual four-night engagement.

Iverson also has a distinguished solo career and as a result can be heard on two well-received 2016 releases: "It's Hard," the latest Bad Plus album, and "The Purity of the Turf" under his own name. On the former, the trio covers tunes including Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers" and TV on the Radio's "Staring at the Sun." On the latter, Iverson teams up with drummer Nasheet Waits and the great bassist Ron Carter for a program that alternates between original compositions and jazz standbys such as Charlie Parker's "Confirmation" and Horace Silver's "Song For My Father."

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