The Bad Plus
American jazz trio founded in 2000 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Reid Anderson - Bass
David King - Drums
Ethan Iverson - Piano (2000-2017)
Orrin Evans - Piano (2017-Present)
The Bad Plus is excited to announce the release of their new album, Never Stop II on January 19,
2018. NPR’s First Listen’s posted the album in its entirety today. Never
Stop II is the 13th studio recording from The Bad Plus, and the first featuring pianist Orrin Evans
alongside founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums). It is a rebirth and also
an affirmation between three musicians, enriching the trajectory of this 18-year- old band and its longstanding commitment to creative group improvised music.
Upon the departure of original pianist Ethan Iverson, Anderson and King asked longtime friend
Orrin Evans to join the band. Evans has been a vital contributor to the modern jazz landscape for
more than 20 years with his solo projects and other groups.
Says Evans, “This band feels like family to me. The music has a lived-in quality because of the deep
relationships between the band members, and I feel really comfortable within this democratic
Never Stop II features four original compositions by Anderson, two by Evans, and two by King. Two
additional bonus tracks written by Anderson are included on the digital download and CD editions
of the album.
The album was tracked live in the studio with no overdubs, guided by longtime engineer Pete
Rende in September 2017 in New York City. The new lineup rehearsed over several months to
prepare the new material and get a feel for improvising together. The resulting record confirms the original band members’ idea that The Bad Plus could have a new life while retaining its democratic,
leaderless group aesthetic — three composers, three identities, coming together under the umbrella of a band to create one unified sound.
“That, in essence, is the nature of The Bad Plus,” says King. “When there is no leader and everyone has a personal responsibility to bring their full selves to the table, no matter what the material, the resulting sound of commitment and open-hearted connection is realized. We have the chance now with Orrin to restate our message: there is no leader, there is only the music.”
The band has plans to tour as relentlessly as it always has in 2018–19 in support of the new record and the new lineup. The current itinerary is below. For tour information, please visit:
Says Anderson, “We feel that Orrin is the perfect component to continue our solidarity, and honor what the fans of this band have come to expect: a unique template for improvised music using acoustic instruments and equal voices.”