The Bad Plus
Jazz still summons up stereotypical images of smoky Greenwich Village nightclubs, complete with an aging audience of finger-snapping hipsters, but the trio The Bad Plus have found a way to put a modern rock-oriented spin on current jazz while honoring all the older traditions. They originally gained mainstream attention with their unorthodox covers of songs by punk bands such as Nirvana and Blondie, but it's still the original material that is the real plus here. Drummer David King harnesses the chaos with nimble playing, creating dancing time signatures against which pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Reid Anderson can display their own imaginative forays. Inevitably, The Bad Plus are emerging as a jazz institution in their own right.