Jazz that rocks ‘Made Possible’

Dave King, Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson of the Bad Plus play Chris' Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) Friday and Saturday night. Credit: Cameron Witting
Dave King, Ethan Iverson and Reid Anderson of the Bad Plus play Chris’ Jazz Cafe (1421 Sansom St.) Friday and Saturday night.
Credit: Cameron Witting

When the Bad Plus recorded their latest album, “Made Possible,” they stowed themselves away in upstate New York for two weeks — an unusual move by contemporary jazz standards. But, then again, this trio has never fully embraced the playbook handed them by the New York jazz scene.

“We wanted to approach it more like a rock project, where you take some time away from everything and really try to get it right. A lot of times in jazz you record it in a day or two in New York,” says piano player Ethan Iverson.

Formed in 2000, the Bad Plus have been revered for weaving elements of rock, punk and metal into their experimental sound. Their covers of Nirvana, Wilco and Queen have become crowd pleasers across the globe.

“From the beginning, it felt very different than any other group I’d played with. It just felt like everything was available. There was electronica, pop, rock, whatever seeping into it, but it was natural. It wasn’t forced,” says Iverson. “It was just what was on the table when the three of us got together.”

And, unlike most nationally lionized jazz acts, BP has no frontman to position under a spotlight. When Iverson, Reid Anderson and Dave King roll into Chris’ Jazz Cafe this weekend, they’ll have 13 years of material at their disposal, and no leader to determine the next tune. It’s all on the table.

“That’s another way we operate more like a rock band: You just say, ‘the sound of the music is these guys’ — a collective. And, in my opinion, that’s where jazz should go,’ Iverson says. “It’s too much star soloist playing with some cats somewhere. If it’s the band’s music, then everyone has equal responsibility. That’s how we see it.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Police seek mother of slain 11-year-old on involuntary…

Police are seeking the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old brother two weeks ago on involuntary manslaughter…

Local

Chestnut Hill College student found dead Wednesday morning

A 22-year-0ld Chestnut Hill College student was found dead this morning inside a college dormitory, police said.

International

Nearly 300 missing after South Korean ferry capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

News

Explosions in new Boston Marathon bomb panic, 'twisted'…

A fresh Boston Marathon terror alert, which caused Bomb Squad officers to order an evacuation while two controlled explosions were carried out, was today being…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 16: 'The Americans,'…

'The Americans' Philip and Elizabeth face "painful turns" in their missions. Maybe next week they'll have a nice easy mission with no moral ambiguity? Probably…

Movies

Review: 'Bears' is a cute Disney doc about…

Disney's latest nature doc, "Bears," doesn't completely shy away from the fact that its subjects would devour you (or eachother) if they had the chance.

Television

'Orphan Black's' Jordan Gavaris talks Felix's Season 2…

Jordan Gavaris plays heroically helpful foster sibling Felix to main clone Sarah on "Orphan Black." We talked to him about what’s ahead for him in…

Going Out

Here's what to do in Philly this weekend

FILM 'Through a Lens Darkly'  Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m. Philadelphia Photo Arts Center 1400 N. American St. Free, RSVP required, 215-232-5678 www.philaphotoarts.org Join Philadelphia…

U.S. Soccer

Andrew Wenger has big shoes to fill on…

Lancaster County native Andrew Wenger will feel pressure to fill the shoes of departer forward Jack McInerney.

NBA

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could…

NBA Power Rankings: Are the Spurs frauds? Could the Mavericks surprise?

NBA

Sixers, Michael Carter-Williams give fans a happy ending…

The 2013-14 season for the 76ers has nearly come to a close.

NHL

Flyers must make Rangers feel their presence

Perhaps it’s the proximity of the two biggest cities in the East, because whenever these two square off the intensity seems to rise.

Food

Wahlbergs expanding Wahlburgers fast food joint across North…

Wahlburgers will open new restaurants in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Wellbeing

Could a facelift give you the edge at…

It's not just women lining up for procedures.

Home

Steal home decorating tips from Nattystyle blogger Natalie…

Despite the towering ceilings and enviable exposed brick, it’s easy to see how Natalie Decleve’s apartment could be considered a challenge. Perched above the streets…

Home

How to plant a garden in the city

Small on space but big on gardening? You can still have that welcoming oasis of fresh air with an urban garden. Peter Smith, owner of…