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The Bad Plus is a next-level cover band. Or they're not really a cover band at all. The leaderless jazz trio made a splash in 2003 with its first Columbia Records album, which included a go at Nirvana's "Smells Like Team Spirit." It was deemed something of a novelty at the time, even though pop compositions have been fodder for jazz players for as long as there has been jazz music.

"I think there must have been something about how we appropriate rock, it was a very convincing appropriation," says Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson.  "When jazz guys play rock songs, sometimes they'll just jazz it up. This has been happening in jazz for decades. There are even some Beatles songs on some ‘60s Blue Note albums by Stanley Turrentine and so forth. When The Bad Plus came on with a couple of our tunes, I think there must have been something kind  of serious about the rock side, which I think made it either more scandalous or innovative."

The band recently released another collection of covers titled "It's Hard." That name is a "cover," too, taken from the 1982 album by the Who. They are also set to play with with JD Allen Trio on Friday, Dec. 9 at Gallagher Theater - Xavier University.

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