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Since the early 2000s, the Bad Plus has been one of the easiest entities in jazz to have an opinion about. The acoustic trio is fond of inside-out pop covers and original compositions that range from jagged angularity to jocose lyricism. With Ethan Iverson on piano, Reid Anderson on bass and Dave King on drums, the group has stayed tightly bound: It has never played a gig with a substitute musician. But this run at the Vanguard, from Dec. 26-31, is the original Bad Plus's last stand: In January, Mr. Iverson will leave, and Orrin Evans will take over on piano. - GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO