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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman add notes of brilliance to Playboy Jazz Festival / Los Angeles Times

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The Bad Plus's 2015 album with saxophonist Joshua Redman is mostly well-removed from anything resembling dinner jazz. Redman - in a Warriors hat that pointed to his Bay Area roots - began by swerving through the easy melody of "As This Moment Slips Away," but it was misdirection as the band had hardier terrain in mind.

Redman was a leg-kicking force of nature by the close of the set, leaning into his horn as the Bad Plus launched each exploration. The band challenged the crowd at each turn, all but demanding attention in "Faith Through Error," which exploded out of a clattering solo from hard-hitting drummer Dave King, whose repeated, odd-angled stabs were echoed by pianist Ethan Iverson as Redman emerged to glide through the storm. It was as bold and uncompromising as a jazz festival demands, and the crowd, whether in admiration or submission, whistled and clapped appreciatively with the band's powerful venture outside. It was beautiful out there, after all.

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