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The Bad Plus. Ending its first long chapter on a spectacular high / San Francisco Classical Voice

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As hard as it is saying goodbye to the long-running triumvirate of The Bad Plus, I can't say I'm not thrilled to hear the new lineup when founding pianist Ethan Iverson steps aside for Philadelphia's Orrin Evans next year. The collective trio, with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King, is in the midst of an international farewell tour that concludes with the trio's traditional year-ending run at the Village Vanguard. A frequent presence in the Bay Area over the past 15 years, the group played a four-night stand at SFJAZZ's Miner Auditorium last week, and judging from Thursday's uninterrupted 90-minute set, The Bad Plus is ending its first long chapter on a spectacular high.

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