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Bad Plus set for holiday run at dakota & VILLAGE Vanguard / Jazz Police

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After 17 years of collaboration, global touring, acclaimed recordings, even controversy as to their relationship to "real jazz," The Bad Plus still ranks as one of the most popular genre-bending ensembles in modern music. With their unique approach to original composition and arrangements of pop covers, the trio has been compared to other ensembles that seem to appeal as much to young rockers as middle-aged boppers, but they remain a unique force in improvisational music, covering anything from Stravinsky (Rite of Spring) to Johnny Cash as well as their ever-evolving original compositions, the latter highlighted on their recent projects, Inevitable Western and The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, their inimitable approach to covers restated on their latest release, It's Hard.  

In what has become a much-anticipated tradition, Ethan Iverson's creative, humor-spiked percussive piano, Reid Anderson's melodious, never laid-back bass, and the rhythm treasure chest of Dave King will return to four nights at the Dakota in downtown Minneapolis on December 22-26, followed by their annual New Year's Eve residency at NYC's VILLAGE Vanguard from December 27-31.        PHOTO: Andrea Canter

Andrea Canter, Senior Editor |  Featured, Twin Cities