CD Review: The Bad Plus "Inevitable Western"

While the Bad Plus’ tenth album may not be as “country” as the title might suggest, Reid Anderson and his avant-garde jazz trio have put together a superb collection of originals that are anchored by Anderson’s vastly meandering bass work.
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While the Bad Plus’ tenth album may not be as “country” as the title might suggest, Reid Anderson and his avant-garde jazz trio have put together a superb collection of originals that are anchored by Anderson’s vastly meandering bass work. At times, he demonstrates his impressive walking chops (check out “Self Serve”), but his role on this album is much more melodic, as proven on “Do It Again” and “You Will Lose All Fear,” where his lines are creatively lyrical.

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