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The gnarly acoustic trio the Bad Plus made their name 15 years ago by proving that jazz could take on rock and win. Wittily and wilfully they successfully reworked songs by Nirvana, Tears for Fears and Abba. After seven years playing their own tunes, the pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer David King have returned to their origins with a crowd-pleasing collection drawing on such artists as Peter Gabriel, Prince, Crowded House, Barry Manilow and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. So it's an album built on contrasts, but the most tantalising often seems to be not between…

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