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JazzTimes says farewell to the original Bad Plus, and looks forward to a bold new era

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It was a familiar parade. On Dec. 27, the founding members of the Bad Plus-pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King-walked single file along the upper banquette at New York's Village Vanguard toward the stage for their first set of the evening. They were dressed much like I first saw them at the club in February of 2003-the week Columbia Records released the group's major-label debut, These Are the Vistas-and many other nights there and around town for 15 years. Somehow, the Bad Plus-to me the most compelling, reliably challenging and singularly cohesive trio in 21st-century jazz-always looked like they'd just arrived from three different bands.