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A lot has changed for The Bad Plus since 2008's "For All I Care" - the band's last album to prominently feature its deconstructions of modern pop and rock tunes. Since then, the piano-bass-drums jazz trio has released four albums of all-original material, including 2015's collaboration with saxophonist Joshua Redman, and tackled Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" both live and in studio. After these heavy projects, a palette cleanser was in order - hence "It's Hard," an album released in August featuring 11 reinvented songs by Johnny Cash, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Ornette Coleman and Prince, among others.

"We've outlasted all of the naysayers, essentially, that were there in the early days, yet now it's just completely normal for young jazz groups to be playing all this stuff," drummer Dave King said from a recent tour stop in St. Louis before playing the second of a four-night stand. The trio has been on tour since early December, and will play three sets at Jazz at the Oxford at the Oxford Hotel this weekend.