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The Bad Plus is back with their 15th studio recording and eponymous debut album in their current iteration as a dynamic new quartet. THE BAD PLUS arrives via Edition Records on Friday, September 30. Pre-orders are available now.

“Evolution is necessary for life and creativity,” say the groundbreaking band’s founding drummer and bassist Dave King and Reid Anderson. “We’ve evolved, but we’re still The Bad Plus.”

Twenty-one years after making their landmark debut as a genre-exploding piano-bass-drums trio, The Bad Plus have reinvented themselves once again with the addition of guitarist Ben Monder and saxophonist Chris Speed. THE BAD PLUS sees the always adventurous group continuing to challenge convention by pushing their inimitable approach to jazz in boundary-breaking new directions. The album is heralded by today’s premiere of its first song, “Motivations II,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

The Bad Plus will celebrate its remarkable reinvention with a globe-spanning live schedule, beginning tonight and tomorrow, May 20 and 21, with a two-night stand at Boston, MA’s Scullers Jazz Club and followed by headline tours and festival performances in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and beyond. Highlights include a six-night run at New York City’s world-famous Blue Note Jazz Club (July 19-24) as well as much anticipated double bills alongside visionary guitarist Julian Lage at Los Angeles, CA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall (October 14) and NYC’s Webster Hall (December 1). Additional dates will be announced soon. For updates and remaining ticket availability, please visit

Though the components may have changed, THE BAD PLUS makes clear what remains is the group’s unique musical language and undeniable drive and intent. Of course, The Bad Plus have been at this crossroads before, changing their original lineup in 2017 with pianist Orrin Evans taking the seat previously occupied by founding member Ethan Iverson. Two acclaimed albums followed, but in 2021 the decision was made to reinvent The Bad Plus once again. Rather than simply seeking out a new pianist, Anderson and King took a hard left turn and enlisted a pair of remarkably gifted musicians in guitarist Ben Monder – known for his work both as leader and sideman with David Bowie (BLACKSTAR), Theo Bleckmann, Guillermo Klein, and Paul Motian, to name but a few – and saxophonist Chris Speed, an award-winning leader/co-leader of myriad modern ensembles and longtime musical running buddy of both King and Anderson.

Notwithstanding the new members’ extraordinary pedigrees, the process of developing this latest Bad Plus took hard work and perseverance. A series of intense rehearsals began in the summer of 2021. The quartet pored over new and old compositions by Anderson and King, emerging with a singular group sound that retains all of The Bad Plus’s vaunted adventurousness while simultaneously setting them on a new pathway of genre-agonistic musical exploration. Working with engineer Brett Bullion, the band has fully maximized the sonic and dynamic possibilities of the new lineup, showcasing the virtuosity and musicality of Speed and Monder while maintaining their trademark pursuit of relentless invention and excellence, blazing with the very same attitude that has defined the group for over two decades. Having recontextualized their own chemistry, the new LP not only affirms The Bad Plus’s continuing relevance and longevity, it burns bright on its own terms as an extraordinarily powerful debut from an all-new creative force to be reckoned with.

“We feel like we’ve pulled off a magic trick,” Dave King says, “changing the lineup from a trio to a quartet with guitar and saxophone that still sounds coherent as The Bad Plus. Having two main composers was our greatest card to play. Our language remains, and that’s the magic.”



May 20: Boston, MA @ Scullers

May 21: Boston, MA @ Scullers

May 27: Jakarta, ID @ Java Jazz Festival


Jul 19: New York, NY @ Blue Note Jazz Club

Jul 20: New York, NY @ Blue Note Jazz Club

Jul 21: New York, NY @ Blue Note Jazz Club

Jul 22: New York, NY @ Blue Note Jazz Club

Jul 23: New York, NY @ Blue Note Jazz Club

Jul 24: New York, NY @ Blue Note Jazz Club

Aug / September

Aug 05: Rockport, MA @ Shalin Liu Performance Center

Sep 23: Monterey, CA @ Monterey Jazz Festival


Oct 08: Fort Collins, CO @ The Armory

Oct 09: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

Oct 11: Phoenix, AZ @ MIM

Oct 12: San Diego, CA @ Auditorium - Athenaeum Jazz Series

Oct 13: San Luis Obispo, CA @ Cal Poly - Spanos

Oct 14: Los Angeles, CA @ Disney Hall^

Oct 15: Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's

Oct 16: Oakland, CA @ Yoshi's

Oct 18: Seattle, WA @ Jazz Alley

Oct 19: Seattle, WA @ Jazz Alley

Oct 20: Beaverton, OR @ Reser Center


Nov 05: Barcelona, ES @ La Nau

Nov 06: Madrid, ES @ Auditorio Colegio de Medicos

Nov 07: Zürich, CH @ Moods

Nov 09: Prague, CZ @ Jazz Dock

Nov 10: Gent, B @ Handelsbeurs

Nov 12: Amsterdam, NL @ Bimhuis

Nov 13: Rotterdam, NL @ LantarenVenster

Nov 14: London, UK @ Ronnie Scott's

Nov 15: London, UK @ Ronnie Scott's

Nov 16: Warsaw, PL @ Jassmine

Nov 17: Stockholm, SWE @ Fasching

Nov 18: Helsinki, FI @ G Livelab

Nov 19: Budapest, HU @ House of Hungarian Music

^with Julian Lage

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