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After 17 years, The Bad Plus does subtraction and addition / WBGO

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For the last 17 years, The Bad Plus has been a model of musical cohesion. Its members - bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King - have been an indivisible front, welcoming the occasional guest but never a substitute, according to the strictest ideal of a working band. As the saying goes, it has always been larger than the sum of its parts. But change is now on the visible horizon: Iverson will leave the band at the end of this year, as The Bad Plus announced on its Facebook page today. The group has identified a new member, the well-regarded pianist Orrin Evans, who will not only step into Iverson's role but also bring his own style, inevitably transforming the sound of the band. 

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