The Bad Plus
It isn’t typically news when a jazz group makes a change in personnel. But The Bad Plus isn’t a typical jazz group, and its announcement, this time last year, landed like a bombshell. In short: Ethan Iverson, the band’s pianist, would be leaving to pursue his own projects. Orrin Evans, an esteemed peer, would be stepping in. For a group that has always stood for musical collectivism — and never accepted any substitutions — this was a shakeup of existential proportions.
Jazz Night in America kept up with The Bad Plus as it made this momentous transition and recorded some of the band’s concerts in St. Louis, in January, 2018. [Photo: flickr.com/photos/alefreg/4316745769/]