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For The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring is the ultimate cover. Ever since the jazz trio established a firm beachhead among rock fans at the turn of the 21st century with its canny, often grandiose interpretations of songs such as Abba's "Knowing Me, Knowing You," Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the band has continued to make forays into territory far afield from the American Songbook.

For their most ambitious project, drummer Dave King, bassist Reid Anderson and pianist Ethan Iverson turned their attention to another era's creative maverick. Settling into the SFJazz Center on Thursday for a four-night run, the Bad Plus is opening and closing the engagement with its acclaimed version of Stravinsky's 1913 masterpiece. For Friday and Saturday's concerts, the trio will be focusing on new material from the forthcoming album "Inevitable West." READ THE FULL SFGate ARTICLE.