The Bad Plus: “My Friend Metatron”[audio:http://alarm-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/The_Bad_Plus_My_Friend_Metatron.mp3|titles=The Bad Plus: “My Friend Metatron”]
Built around piano, bass, and drums, the hard-hitting jazz trio known as The Bad Plus is beloved for its inimitable originals as well as its radically re-imagined covers. Now, after an entire disc of covers, the trio follows with its first full release of original tunes.
Never Stop embodies the assorted tastes that have been reflected in the trio’s cover selections — all filtered through a powerful jazz style. And though the explored territory isn’t particularly new — other than perhaps a few more accessible melodies and straightforward beats — Never Stop contains some of the group’s finest songs.