CMJ - p.5
"In Reid Anderson, the band has one of the most adept bassists around, and his frantic fret work pushes every song."
Down Beat - p.684 stars out of 5
-- "[I]n everything they do -- both manic and moody -- an infectious manifest energy exists."
JazzTimes - p.92
"[T]he Bad Plus has consistently picked hugely successful, overplayed hits and turned them inside-out."
The Bad Plus: Ethan Iverson (piano); Reid Anderson (bass instrument); David King (drums).
Chicago's jazz-rock-whatever band the Bad Plus continually experiment with the boundaries, meshing the dynamics and melodicism of rock with the improvisational freedom of jazz, without lapsing into an objectionably watered-down version of either, and side-stepping the "fusion" label. Their 2007 release, PROG, includes some charismatic originals, but as usual it's the covers that intrigue: a poignant version of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and a wild take on Rush's "Tom Sawyer" showcase Ethan Iverson's expressive piano paying and David King's delirious drumming.