Monday, February 09, 2009

The Bad Plus

Great band with a stunning cover of a Pink Floyd classic. The Bad Plus is basically a 3-piece jazz band (piano, drums, bass) that primarily covers rock and pop tunes. They do an admirable job of avoiding shtick and staying true to the core of the tunes they cover (they do a version of Sabbath's "Iron Man" that beggars description). On their latest album, For All I Care, they've added a very fine-sounding vocalist.

Give this a chance. In particular, as the song builds in the second half, the juxtaposition of the haunting vocals and the band seemingly going off the rails does a nice job of conveying both the beauty and the horror of someone losing his/her mind.

The Bad Plus--Comfortably Numb
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