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These Are the Vistas

The Bad PlusAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B000087N0V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Here's a major label debut that doesn't disappoint. For starters, Midwestern piano trio the Bad Plus--in the same vein as Dave Douglas or Brad Mehldau--clearly know a thing or two about how to mix pop music with forward-thinking jazz. The group covers Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," and Aphex Twin's "Flim" with wit, virtuosity, and respect to the originals--these interpretations never sound in the least bit cliched or overwrought. But even the new material on These Are the Vistas is loaded with infectious hooks. Ethan Iverson uses the entire range of his piano with speed and dexterity; David King's drum fills are deftly placed, at times harkening more to electronica music's lightening fast percussion flourishes than anything on the jazz scene; and bassist Reid Anderson somehow keeps up with the madness and maintains a steady beat. Amidst all the fun is a dynamic record that holds your attention. A wonderful effort. --Jason Verlinde

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never do this . . . November 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
. . . That is, write a second review of a disc I've already reviewed, but since I wrote my first review, a lot of problematic reviews have appeared.
For example, to say that this isn't jazz is just wrong. Ethan Iverson has been on the New York jazz scene for at least five or six years. During that time he and Reid Anderson have played and recorded with some of the most prominent names in jazz such as Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, and Billy Hart (see their five records on the Fresh Sound New Talent label). A close listen to these albums will validate their jazz credentials beyond dispute. To characterize people of this standing in the jazz world as imposters is simply ludicrous.
David King is a little bit of a different case. He comes from the rock world, and has had a fusion trio, Happy Apple, for several years. Thus, his rhythmic concept and sense of time, let alone his basic approach to his kit, are anything but traditionally jazzy, giving the band a very different flavor than the traditional jazz trio (check out the vibe he creates, and his astounding playing, on "Boo-Wah," e.g.). To me, his imaginative, off-kilter drumming is one of the things that makes this record so special.
There is a certain melodic and harmonic simplicity to this record that could be characterized as unsophisticated, but that's not really true (I really don't know where the idea that it's rhythmically simplistic comes from). It's more of a case of on-purpose accessibility and a desire to connect with a wide (esp. younger) audience than unsophistication. OK, there's a fine line between helping people get into something outside their comfort zone and pandering, but these guys are firmly on the right side of that line.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex, accessible, fresh - one of the best CDs in years! September 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The instrumentation of The Bad Plus is quite traditional: a trio with piano, acoustic bass, and drums. The music is anything but traditional. These cats push the boundaries and achieve something magical with their energy, enthusiasm, and talent.

This CD, the first major US release for The Bad Plus, contains mostly originals, plus a couple covers of rock tunes that are done very well. All arrangements are fresh & original, and each member of the trio is showcased on a few different tracks. Here are some of the highlights:

The CD opens with "Big Eater," an exciting piece with changing time signatures (7/8 to 3/4 to 4/4), lots of open fifths on the piano and bass, an amazing piano solo that starts out great and builds to an awesome climax. The pianist, Ethan Iverson, can - better than anyone else I can think of - play completely different things rhythmically with both hands, even over (what to other players would be) awkward time signatures. Actually, each member of The Bad Plus has a miraculous sense of time and the ability to anchor to any time signature. More importantly, they make these odd time signatures actually work for the listener, rather than being novelties meant to "show off" their talent.

The second track, "Keep the Bugs Off Your Glass and the Bears Off Your Ass" reminds me a bit of Mingus, with the bass playing the laid-back melody at times (even acappella in some spots), a great acappella bass solo by Reid Anderson, and an absolutely brilliant and exciting piano solo that is one of the few relatively straight-ahead swinging jazz solos on the album.

"Boo-Wah" reminds me a bit of Ornette Coleman and Thelonius Monk. High energy, playing fast & loose with the tempo, and some brilliant playing by all three cats.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does Not [Stink} February 20, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I am a very fluent jazz musician and listener, and to tell you the truth... most new jazz albums I have heard in the last year or so (beside reissues)... well, have [stunk].
Not this, though. I purchased The Bad Plus' new album "These Are the Vistas" just yesterday and can say that this is by far one of the greatest records I have ever heard.
The tunes that this piano-bass-drum trio play (and write) are just so fresh. If you're looking for a set of standards, do not buy this. Such tracks as "1972 Bronze Medalist" and "Big Eater" are just so new and revolutionary sounding. And the deconstruction they did of "Smells Like Teen Spirit"... just absolutely insane. I know that having such a tune on a jazz record seems cheesy, but its not. The song swings like nothing else.
The chemistry that this trio seems to have is outstanding too. The flowing groovy bass-lines of Reid Anderson, the stylistic and very sophisticated drumming of Dave King, and the harmonically rich and intelligent piano lines of pianist Ethan Iverson all add together to produce this wildly cinematic sound.
This, here, just proves how jazz is so alive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a View!! April 7, 2003
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This CD showed me just how powerful the internet could be when it comes to discovering new music. I read about The Bad Plus in the latest issue of Jazz Times, then the next day went to to check out reviews. Being generally positive...I downloaded "Silence is the Question" and their cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit." I was impressed by the Nirvana cover, but "Silence.." hit me like a sledgehammer upside the head!!! What a mind boggling track. Needless to say, I went out and bought the CD that afternoon...because I just couldn't wait. It reminds me of vintage Radiohead, though they are an acoustic trio, with moments of sheer cacophony followed by some of sublime beauty. Many reviewers have already raved about the same song, but you simply must hear it to believe it. This is what I love about the internet. Being able to hear a couple of full tracks allowed me to form an opinion on a new artist and then put money in those artists' pockets. The whole CD is simply stellar, with the trio meshing like a well-oiled machine. Special kudos to drummer Dave King, whose adventurous rhythms place this trio above just about any other on the scene today. "Big Eater" would make Mingus smile, with its carefully controlled chaos, while their cover of Aphex Twin's "Flim" is gorgeous (and lets King add many fluid drum rolls to the original programmed drum track). Here's hoping that The Bad Plus become this year's Norah Jones, an act that builds from word of mouth into a phenomenon based on music, not piercings and tattoos!! Do your duty and spread the word.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music great sound
This is a great great album with a crunchy sound rarely found in jazz. And of course great songs. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by elnuts
4.0 out of 5 stars this trio never stops oozing passion
This trio constantly reinvents the image of a "rock" song.There genius is exploring melodies without losing the song. I enjoy all of their work
Published 2 months ago by Thomas B Hight
5.0 out of 5 stars What a View!
These guys do for jazz what Muzak only dreams it could do for modern music - they produce interpretations of current pop and rock hits in the jazz form that are fresh and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cholla Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, this is good
This is a good album. I usually dont buy albums but I had to have this one based on how good it is. Great instrumentalists!
Published 16 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars New Fan
So I am new to the Jazz scene, and I recently got into Dave Brubeck after hearing Take Five on a podcast talking about his death. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Skysedge88
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz or not jazz, I like it!
This is a very original modern new sound and I like it.

I also like Brad Meldua and Keith Jarred. Read more
Published on April 10, 2008 by mickey_moose
4.0 out of 5 stars These Are The Vistas
I'd never heard of this group before until I saw them on TV playing "Physical Cities" from the Prog CD. Read more
Published on October 1, 2007 by Ms. 90
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Jazz Done Right...
Upon purchasing this album for the 2nd time, I'm glad that I did. I do have to say that you have to like jazz to really enjoy and appreciate this album though. Read more
Published on March 8, 2007 by Scott Hart
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull after the first listen
This might seem exciting at first, but when it come down to it, there's very little content behind this band's bravado and image. Read more
Published on April 12, 2006 by bennybenny
3.0 out of 5 stars Jazz for indie rockers
The Bad Plus have done well at promoting their image. If I didn't already know about them, I would swear they were an indie rock band. Read more
Published on March 29, 2006 by Alan B
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