ABOUT THE BAD PLUS //
The Bad Plus are the ultimate originals. A democratic unit with a clear vision and a refusal to conform to convention. For the past 18 years they have played with spirit and adventure, made their own rules and done so with a bold sense of creativity and intent and developed a remarkable body of original material. In 2018 they announced a change of line-up that shook the jazz world, bringing the astonishing and remarkable pianist Orrin Evans into the group. The result instigated a new wave of excitement and anticipation within the band that re-energising their sound and inspiration. This is The Bad Plus now and the music is the real deal – it’s honest, personal and deeply imaginative.
Their first album with the new line-up, Never Stop II, was self-released in 2018 and won huge critical acclaim building on the passionate fan base developed over the years. Remaining in control of their own destiny enabled the band to refocus on what they represented, to redefine their trajectory, to grow new roots and confirm their sound whilst remaining true to their original identity. Ultimately Never Stop II kickstarted a new era for the trio in a way they could not have foreseen.
Activate Infinity sees the journey evolve further with the start of their relationship with British label Edition Records, who together are working with foresight and passion, to allow the band to flourish and grow their own unique perspective, sense of creativity and character without restrictions or inhibitions.
NEW ALBUM – Activate Infinity 
The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync.
The band consists of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) — a group of passionate collaborators with no single “leader.” Never Stop II is the first full-length release from this lineup, comprised entirely of original music with each member contributing fresh compositions. The New York Times calls it “an exhilarating document” that sparks an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.
Activate Infinity is the second album from New York based The Bad Plus since the remarkable pianist Orrin Evans joined the trio back in 2018. With their sights set on a new trajectory, combined with an abundance of spirit and creativity, the trio have produced one of their finest and most original albums to date. This is group music played with vibrant imagination and vigour. It’s real, deeply honest and personal. Their joy in music making together is clear and their vision is committed and democratic. With a new home on the British label, Edition Records, the trio are working with a renewed intent that will see them grow to new heights and continue to flourish. Sit back, listen and enjoy the ride!
“Along with new songs, The Bad Plus reshapes a few fan favorites, like “Thrift Store Jewelry” and “Love Is the Answer” — as if to reinforce the idea of continuity, from then to now and beyond” – Nate Chinen, WBGO
Activate Infinity will be released on Edition Records on 25th October 2019 – Pre-order now.
TOUR DATES //
October 14 – Cafe Teatro Centenario – La Serena, Chile
October 15 – Thelonious Jazz Club – Recoleta, Chile
October 16 – Teatro Niobio – Concepcion, Chile
October 17 – Teatro Municipal de Viño del Mar – Viño del Mar, Chile
October 20 – Baldwin Auditorium – Durham, NC
October 22 – South Jazz Kitchen – Philadelphia, PA
October 23 – South Jazz Kitchen – Philadelphia, PA
October 24 – The Hangar Theatre – Ithaca, NY
October 25 – Scullers Jazz Club – Boston, MA*
October 26 – Scullers Jazz Club – Boston, MA*
October 27 – The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
October 28 – One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME
October 29 – ArtsRiot – Burlington, VT
October 30 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA
November 1 – City Winery – Washington, DC*
November 3 – Brooklyn Bowl – Kings County, NY*
November 9 – Exit Zero Jazz Festival – Cape May, NJ
November 10 – Royce Hall UCLA – Los Angeles, CA*
December 6 – Old Town School of Folk Music – Chicago, IL
December 7 – Listening Room – Grand Rapids, MI
December 8 – The Crosstown Theater – Memphis, TN
December 25 – The Dakota – Minneapolis, MN
December 26 – The Dakota – Minneapolis, MN
December 27 – The Dakota – Minneapolis, MN
December 28 – The Dakota – Minneapolis, MN
November 13 – The Jazz Cafe – London, UK
November 14 – Babylon Bomonti – Istanbul, TR
November 16 – Pardon To Tu – Warsaw, PL
November 17 – Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius (CAC) – Vilnius, LT
November 18 – Zig Zag Jazz Club – Berlin, DE
November 19 – Unterfahrt Jazz Club – Munich, DE
November 20 – TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, NL
November 21 – Nasjonal Jazzscene, Victoria – Oslo, NO
November 22 – Jazz Club Etoile (ex Lionel Hampton) – Paris, FR
November 23 – Unerhört Festival Jazzclub Uster – Uster, CH
November 26 – Clamores Jazzclub – Madrid, ES
November 27 – STAGE CLUB – Hamburg, DE
November 28 – Kulturlabor Stromboli – Hall, AT
November 30 – Torrione San Giovanni – Jazz Club Ferrara – Ferrara, IT