NEVER STOP, THE TRIO'S FIRST ALBUM OF ALL ORIGINALS, SET FOR RELEASE ON SEPTEMBER
E1 Music is excited to announce the release of The Bad Plus's new album, Never Stop,
on September 14, 2010. It is the band's first album of all originals, and it's eighth release overall. Recorded in
Minnesota, Never Stop does just what the title says. It's a rapid-fire succession of engaging performances
by three musical explorers operating as highly skilled individuals -- bassist Reid Anderson, pianist
Ethan Iverson and drummer David King -- and as a seamless unit at the same time. Never
Stop is a strictly instrumental affair and, as a result, is a 180º departure from the group's previous release,
For All I Care, which featured alt-rock vocalist Wendy Lewis on covers of rock classics, along with re-imaginings of 20th Century classical
compositions by Stravinsky, Ligeti and Babbitt.
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"We approached the recording of this album more like a jazz record from the '50s or '60s," says King. "To eliminate
studio separation as much as possible, I set up in the same room as Ethan, with Reid in plain sight. It created a
really free atmosphere, as if we were playing a show."
For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention.
Rolling Stone called their amalgam of jazz, pop, rock and avant garde "about as badass as highbrow gets,"
while The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and
indie rock." Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much
controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends.
While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock,
electronic and classical idioms. Their belief in a band ethos and "avant-garde populism" has placed them at the
forefront of a new instrumental music movement, resulting in ever-larger audiences.
Never Stop showcases the band's range as well as its three distinct personalities. From gentle and melodic
to fierce and abstract, from swing to '80s techno, Never Stop is the result of a group sound that embraces
diversity as strength.
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