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Is it jazz? Is it classical? It is what it is, The Bad Plus says.

The Bad Plus, a jazz trio that can play as loud as a rock band, recorded its own version of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite Of Spring. The fruit of its labours, released last week on Sony Masterworks, promises divided opinion. A motto of The Bad Plus is "avant-garde populism" - the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative. In the process, they have reinvented the parameters and dynamics of the "jazz trio."

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