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Inevitable Western

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The Bad Plus tenth studio recording (and first collection of original material since 2012's "Made Possible"), "Inevitable Western" continues the leaderless trio's committed belief in what they've dubbed avant-garde populism' the idea that serious music can be as engaging and accessible as it is forward-thinking and provocative.
The album sees the group exploring the same set of aesthetic principles that fired their inception, a rigorous exploration of myriad musical forms born of jazz but advanced using any sonic source material that forwards
their own indefinable thing. That primary spark continues to burn on tracks like Anderson s lyrical "Do It Again" or the post rock twists and turns of King's "Gold Prisms Incorporated" The Iverson composition which gives "Inevitable Western" its title, evokes a wide-open milieu redolent of Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas and the American west of Richard Avedon. Rich with humor and mystery, "Inevitable Western" is The Bad Plus at their best, affirming them as one of the most audacious and imaginative musical collectives of this or any other era. The Bad Plus bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King have a well earned reputation for daring deconstruction, pushing the limits on what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The past 15 years have seen the genre-smashing band creating a distinctive and original repertoire of inventive and exciting original music, along with a series of iconoclastic covers of such divergent artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. Most recently, the acclaimed trio took on one of the most influential works of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," released earlier this year.
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  • Audio CD (August 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Okeh
  • ASIN: B00KQZQLRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listening to The Bad Plus transforms me into an animal at night frozen in the headlights of an approaching car. Stunned by their oddity, twisted familiarity, wit, and unbridled uniqueness, I find myself in a netherworld dimensionally betwixt and between jazz rock fusion, classical avant-garde, and free jazz. Such creativity and audacity must be honored; it is musical art on the edge, tethered sufficiently to be accepted by all the adventurous fans of said categories. The leading track, I Hear You, is slow and melodic with sonority in harmony; it disarms and tempts the listener further in. The lust for wealth at the Gold Prisms Incorporated mine and its driving rock beat next propel us forward. The jaggedness of the Self Serve station warns of the broken highway and cliff awaiting ahead in a fearless track, You Will Lose All Fear (easy for the musicians to say). The Time After Time-deconstruction and transformation to Do It Again brings back footing to walk across difficult Monkish and church-clapping Epistolary Echoes. Adopted Highway, with its bass key distant thunder rumblings, leads along the classical frontier and stretches and fades into the distance. The current most popular track, Mr. Now, returns us to the jazz side of the street with strong phrasing and clear structure, and I think of Coltrane's Mr. P.C. The relaxed title track does capture a touch, by tune and beat, of the rural old West after a bass prologue. This album shakes and rattles our complacency as a California earthquake. I own several albums of The Bad Plus and am thankful that this new, immensely clever and fascinating issue graces the collection. My only quibble is that there is, on repeated listening, a general sameness across the tracks and a weariness sets it.
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After the pretentious The Rite of Sprig , the Bad Plus come back to the original spirit of the group; a particular way to play jazz. Jazz, pop, or classic . A melting pot of sounds with a modern point of view . Post modern? Could be…bit really good. IN this case "Inevitable western" is a travel to the roots. Is a very diverse CD, very personal and interesting. You can her the full sprectrum of Bad Plus. All the composition came from Bad Plus but even in this case you can hear echoes of different music. Probably is more serious than other record, but is great, specially Ethan Iverson or the composition of Reid Anderson or David King. In a few years could be a classic. Good stuff
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Warm, benevolent strident music, like a warm desert breeze. Beautifully played, by a group with unlimited flair and confidence.
Brilliantly evoking a jubilant road trip, a welcome voyage of discovery. Sonorously evocative, yet also evoking the esthetics of the concert hall; road-trip music, of the highest artistic order. Another masterpiece from the wonderful Bad Plus. Eternally grateful for your easy art; maybe play the Guinness Cork jazz festival sometime?
Joe O'Connell.
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I've been a fan of this group's music but this album proved to be a disappointment. Perhaps I just expected too much. A lot of quirky tunes and abstract playing, as if in an effort to become more 'serious.' Not an enjoyable experience.
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These guys are simply amazing... So glad they continue to produce authentic progressive avant garde jazz...
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Another great effort by TBP. I really love "Adopted Highway".
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