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For All I Care

The Bad PlusAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Even for a band whose renown rests largely on its virtuosic approach to iconic cover tunes, the Bad Plus practically outdoes itself with For All I Care. Wilco gives way to Yes. The Bee Gees meet “Barracuda.” Igor Stravinsky (“Variation d’Apollon”) nestles up against the Flaming Lips (“Feeling Yourself Disintegrate”). This gymnastic set list derives much of its whimsical strength from the addition of vocalist Wendy Lewis, who joins pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King for the majority of the album. Any singer would be hard-pressed to match the lyrical touch with which Iverson usually interprets vocal lines, and while Lewis’s clarion voice commands attention throughout, it leads a handful of these tracks away from the compelling uniqueness that generally marks a Bad Plus cover from the get-go. (Skip Nirvana’s “Lithium.” Just skip it.) Nevertheless, this foursome is certainly more than just a band plus one. “Comfortably Numb,” for example, gives Pink Floyd a serious run for its--er--money. For Bad Plus “purists,” the addition of Lewis marks a love-it-or-leave-it sidestep in the group’s well established tradition of reverent, playful caprice. For those who happen upon the Bad Plus for the first time here, get excited: For All I Care follows four much better albums, so you’ve got a lot to look forward/backward to. --Jason Kirk

Product Description

2009 release from the Progressive Jazz trio joined on this album from guest vocalist Wendy Lewis. The album marks the first Bad Plus recording to include a guest vocalist as the fourth instrument in its sonic arsenal. But For All I Care is more than just an album pairing a singer with a backing band. The recording is inspired in part by the collaborative recording by John Coltrane and vocalist Johnny Hartman, released in 1963. 'Coltrane's quartet had already developed a group language, and then they enlisted this incredible singer without changing the language of the band,' says the band. 'In that same sense, this is still very much a Bad Plus record. We just happen to have a great singer singing the songs with us.'

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By lj
Format:Audio CD
I'd like to respond to a few criticisms here which I think are unfounded:

"Lithium": I am baffled by the reviewer's suggestion to "just skip" the Lithium cover, with no further explanation. That's poor journalism in an "official" review--why doesn't he like it? Why not lay out his argument and then let the listener decide for themselves? On first listen, it's my favorite track on the album. They mess with the rhythm, introducing a pause or hiccup, which sounds to me like an extension or exaggeration of the original drum part, and it gives the song extra force. And Lewis really belts the ending.

The mastering: it sounds fine to me. In fact, this and "Prog" sound *less* processed than their earlier, Tchad Blake-produced albums (Fred Kaplan noted this in his review). Perhaps if you're the type who's listening in their special hyperbaric listening chamber with the $10,000 speakers connected by solid gold cables to the amp and turnable floating in an isolation chamber...but then I don't know what to tell you. I noticed that the reviews complaining about the sound were posted before the US release date--was their something odd or different with the international version?

The engineering/decision to self-produce: it was mixed by Tchad Blake, the guy who produced and recorded their first few albums. It was recorded by Brent Sigmeth--google him to see what else he's done. These are rock/pop engineers, not strictly "jazz" ones, but it doesn't seem (or sound) at all out of line with their previous releases.

The singing: Wendy Lewis does not sound like most singers, especially over-the-top "I AM HERE TO ROCK" vocalists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING April 16, 2010
Move over Steely Dan - comes the Bad Plus. This is the new LP you want to bring out when people need to hear how awesome your stereo system is or how awesome records can sound. And Lo and behold..the music is masterful. How this LP is so far off the radar screen is beyond should be on the top of every Stereophile,Rolling Stone,Absolute Sound..etc,etc, listening list.A fellow music lover turned me on to it and I was and still am totally blown away with this album.. I'm trying to spread the word! KB
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24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
First off, I love the Bad Plus. I've seen them live and I have purchased (not pirated) all of their albums including their first independent disc, so I'm no fair-weather fan. I was very excited about this record, but my excitement quickly turned to utter disappointment.

The mastering on this record is terrible. You remember the hullabaloo over the sound quality of the Metallica album Death Magnetic? Well this is the jazz counterpart. And if you haven't heard about the loudness war thing, go to Wikipedia and look up 'loudness war', or google 'pleasurize music' .

I really have no idea why a jazz trio would want to have poor sound quality on a record, unless they think loud=more sales. Where is the proof that loud mastering (especially in the Jazz world) = more sales? Here is a record where the piano sounds horrible, the bass is muddied, and the drums lack any punch. It sounds really really bad on my stereo. The brickwall limiting at 0 db and the occasional clipping makes this record, for me, unlistenable. I am sorry but I won't be buying anymore bad plus records unless I am sure it has been mastered properly. And because reviews rarely mention that, it means I will probably not be buying anymore.

I hope that this doesn't signal a general trend in Jazz records. I think it is a mistake because jazz fans care about sound quality and are generally older with better equipment then the average Brittney/Metallica fan so loud records will not be something they will enjoy.

I am also disappointed that the band decided to damage the music because it shows disrespect for their fans and disrespect for their music.

The music itself is quality Bad Plus, using the same formula as before except they added a singer.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars awful January 4, 2009
By Bazarov
True, the sound on this disc is dreadful. Not a case of commercialism gone awry, I think, but one of self-overestimation - FAIC is the first album TBP engineered without the help of a seasoned producer, a mistake they probably won't make again.
I could have lived with a muddled bass, though, and even with drums coming out of a broom closet, if this had only been The Bad Plus as I know and love them - an irreverent, non-conformist jazz-outfit decontstructing pop standards and mixing them with their own, brilliant, originals.
I've seen these guys bring down the Amsterdam BIMhuis, and I will always treasure albums like Give, Prog or Suspicious Activity. Music brimming with ideas, humor, and virtuosity. But all of that is missing on For All I Care, an uninspired affair that just sounds... tired.

The fatal flaw of this record is that you can't deconstruct pop songs if you stick, verse and chorus, to the lyrics. That approach leaves no room for taking the structure apart to reassemble it in new, revealing and exciting ways. FAIC could perhaps have succeeded if the words had been chopped up, huddled about and interspersed with new lines, but if you force yourself to follow the lyric of a song in its original order, all you get is a cover song.
An album with covers of bands as diverse as Yes and Pink Floyd, The Bee Gees, Nirvana and Wilco, could that work? One thing's for sure: this one doesn't.
For if you must use a singer on a Bad Plus album, for X's sake pick someone with a little spunk, sense of adventure, and versatility. Wendy Lewis, formerly the singer of a couple of obscure indie rock bands from the Minneapolis area, lacks all of that. She ruins this album in a baffling, Yoko Ono kind of way by murmuring along to the music. Weakly, listlessly, lethargically.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
The Bad Plus' diversion into vocals makes a great album -- easily the most accessible Bad Plus release ever. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars crazy hip
This jazz group with covers and originals takes "minor" to a new level. Comfortably Numb, by Pink Floyd is my fave. Read more
Published on March 30, 2011 by Jose Atascadero
5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly anyone who wrote a negative review is a f@ck%n moron...
Pretty much my tittle summerizes my thoughts. This album never fails to blow my mind + the singers voice is beautiful! Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by Louis N. Pappas
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this already!
I'm really puzzled by the negative reviews. I'm not an audiophile, so maybe I'm missing the sound issues raised here, but the album sounds fine to me. Read more
Published on March 25, 2010 by A music lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative
Jazz challenges, this album does that. These aren't your karaoke covers. Here you have a very talented group of jazz musicians improvising, creating and at times just jamming... Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by Sank
4.0 out of 5 stars A banquet of ideas and territories
I think Wendy Lewis is a very expressive and soulful singer, and well matched with the Bad Plus.
She has a great range of idioms that she travels, a dry delivery, capable of... Read more
Published on January 29, 2010 by Ned Isis
2.0 out of 5 stars Cut the singer.
I discovered The Bad Plus through their CD "These are the Vistas". It was very innovative and thought-provoking for fusion jazz. Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by Diana Vang
5.0 out of 5 stars WoW!
This vinyl sounds so good! It's as if The Bad Plus were performing in my living room! WOW!
Published on May 31, 2009 by T. Ostroushko
1.0 out of 5 stars horrible
can't stand the whinney art-bar vocals. I hate it when a great group fells the need to add vocals. I do hear the great music behind the vocals. Read more
Published on May 24, 2009 by trainman
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing; wonderful
This is a marvelous album/CD. I've listened to these guys lots; they are a cut above the usual and get points for being inventive. Read more
Published on May 4, 2009 by Curious Skeptic
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