Swearing at MotoristsTwin Cities alt-jazzbos take another
bite out of the rock canon: this time, with vocals
It’s a “your peanut butter’s in
my chocolate” musical conundrum: Are Minneapolis’ Bad Plus a jazz
combo with a healthy appreciation for modern pop, or a power trio
that just happens to have strong feelings for jazz? Both, as it
happens, and on the band’s fifth studio LP, For All I Caretunes themselves only occasionally work, with a dark-hearted gem like
The Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” followed by a strangely
mute iteration of Heart’s “Barracuda” as though the two were
meant to forever stand side-by-side as strange bedfellows. But for
all of The Bad Plus’ instrumental prowess and fearless exploration,
it’s Lewis’ voice that stars here, bending notes and emotion to
her will like so many coat hangers left outside in a tornado.
Listen to The Bad Plus on MySpace.