The Bad Plus: This Guy's In Love With You


This Guy's In Love With You


The Bad Plus


Prog (Heads Up 3125)

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Ethan Iverson (piano), Reid Anderson (bass), David King (drums).

Composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Cocktail lounge music from hell? No, it's just The Bad Plus playing games with a song that is best kept locked inside elevators and dental practices. This Bacharach and David tune was never cool. After all, it was debuted by Herb Alpert (of Tijuana Brass fame) on a TV show. Herb Alpert is to cool what kryptonite is to Superman. But this trio doesn't put "Bad" in their name for nothing. They like to play up the hokey elements in songs like this -- check out how they rev up the overwrought part near the end of melody -- but occasionally mixing in some radical jazz elements to show that they -- The Bad Plus -- are above it all. I usually prefer my songs played straight and with real emotion, but when I want a dose of postmodern, deconstructionist jazz, this band gets the nod. A fun outing from the most irreverent trio in jazz.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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