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The Bad Plus to play The Rite of Spring at Ottawa Jazz Festival / Ottawa Citizen interview

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One hundred years after the momentous Paris debut in 1913 of Igor Stravinsky's epic ballet The Rite of Spring - sparking rioting of disgust and premonitions of a new future for classical music - The Bad Plus, a jazz trio that can play as loud as a rock band, recorded its own version. The fruit of its labours, released on Sony Masterworks, similarly promises divided opinion.

"We've gotten some very positive, encouraging responses from some classical corners," says bassist Reid Anderson. "But when you do a thing like this, you have to expect some disapproval as well. But disapproval is something we've gotten used to over the years."

Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King garnered a reputation for sprinkling their albums with covers of rock classics "in our own way," by Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Pink Floyd, Aphex Twin, Rush, Blondie and Tears for Fears, not to mention free-jazz great Ornette Coleman. (Their previous two albums were the first containing all original compositions).

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." READ THE FULL Ottawa Citizen INTERVIEW and see them perform at the Ottawa Jazz Fesitval Saturday, June 21st at 6:30pm.