The Bad Plus is often presented as an American jazz trio from Minneapolis. A more appropriate description would be that of three adventurous musicians playing instruments traditionally associated with jazz (drums, double bass and piano) but composing tunes following Rock structures, or de-constructing famous Pop anthems. Over the years, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World or Aphex Twin’s Flim have all been subject to The Bad Plus treatment.
In 2011, the trio also toured worldwide with On Sacred Ground, a challenging reworking of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” with an accompanying multimedia show. Made Possible (2012), the band’s latest recording, is available now.
Everywhere You Turn is a beautiful minimalist composition by bass player Reid Anderson and comes from their 2003 recording These Are The Vistas. The circular melody almost works like a nice earworm, it stays in your mind long after the song is finished. This is probably why the song fades in on the original recording. Incidentally, the clip is also expertly shot and directed.