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Friday Tunes: The Bad Plus

Cosmic Variance
By Sean Carroll
Aug 22, 2008 7:56 PMNov 5, 2019 8:16 AM


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The addition of The Bad Plus to our blogroll got a positive review. Here they are, recorded by some guy in the back of the room with a hand-held camera, playing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." (Here is the original, and here is Paul Anka.) Usually I like my jazz a little less adulterated -- and the Bad Plus have stirred up considerable controversy by mixing in frequent pop covers along with their straight-ahead tunes. But these guys are playful, intelligent, and infectious, as well as accomplished musicians. The blog is worth reading, too -- here's a thoughtful commentary on Barack Obama and discrimination in jazz. Besides, it's named "Do the Math"!

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