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Jazz band Bad Plus never stops rocking

The Bad Plus

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The Bad Plus is not your typical jazz trio.

When they first burst on the scene 10 years ago, jazz purists were up in arms because the band plays loud, rarely swings, and has a repertoire that includes songs by rock bands such as Nirvana, Blondie and Rush.

While traditionalists complained, the Bad Plus' talent, energy and improvisational ability drew plenty of other fans.

The group's latest album, "Never Stop," is its first with all original songs. amNY spoke with bassist Reid Anderson.

Why no covers on "Never Stop"?
This record represents 10 years of us as a band, and we thought the right way to celebrate that was by playing our own music.

Were you surprised at how controversial it was when you played rock songs?
It continues to surprise us. Oddly enough, it still seems to be controversial. We certainly weren't the first people to do it, but we did it with a different kind of energy. We didn't try to fold the music into the jazz aesthetic and maybe that's part of what made some people uncomfortable.

Have any of the original artists commented on your covers?
Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath came to see us in L.A. and said in an article that our version of "Iron Man" was his favorite cover of any Black Sabbath song. We also opened a couple of shows for the Pixies. I think they were flattered we did a version of their music.

If you go: The Bad Plus perform Friday at the Prospect Park Bandshell at 7:30 p.m., FREE, Prospect Park W. and Ninth St., Brooklyn, bricartsmedia.org

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