The Bad Plus - For All I Care (4 stars)

The Bad Plus - For All I Care

The Bad Plus continue to push at the boundaries of what might constitute a jazz repertoire – and a jazz style of playing it – in the 21st century. This time round the tunes include Nirvana’s ‘Lithium’, an electrifying version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’, Wilco’s ‘Radio Cure’, The Bee Gee’s ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and Heart’s ‘Barracuda’, alongside music by Stravinsky and the American serial composer Milton Babbitt.

Not all that out of the box for this particular band as it happens, but the big difference from previous albums is that they are joined on eight of the tracks by Minneapolis-based singer Wendy Lewis, whose style is more indie than jazz chanteuse. The combination works very well, as it turns out, and if jazz purists probably need to look elsewhere for gratification, fans of the band or the merely curious should certainly check it out.


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