Stories » The new Bad Plus. Slimming its sound and tightening its shapes / The New York Times

Top 10 for Sep

The new Bad Plus. Slimming its sound and tightening its shapes / The New York Times

Bookmark and Share

The Bad Plus was nearing the end of its first set at the Village Vanguard on Saturday night when one spirited fan spoke up between songs. "We'll miss you, Ian!" he shouted to the pianist, Ethan Iverson, whose nearly 18-year tenure with this influential trio reached its end the following night. The drummer Dave King called back with a grin: "His name's Ethan."

Mr. Iverson looked unmoved, then put his hands on the keyboard and got the next song going: "1979 Semi-Finalist," a chugging old war horse by Mr. King. Mr. Iverson had been stoic all set, and now he seemed downright eager to get the job finished.

He is leaving this collective after a period of what looked like outrageous regularity - full of more than 100 concerts a year, and a steady stream of albums - but was riddled with tension. The Bad Plus will continue without him. The bassist Reid Anderson and Mr. King have enlisted the pianist Orrin Evans, whose puckish flow differs from Mr. Iverson's approach. Later this month they will release "Never Stop II," the first album featuring the new lineup; it finds the group slimming its sound somewhat, and tightening its shapes.

READ THE FULL New York Times ARTICLE