Whether burning through lucid
deconstructions of ABBA and Nirvana, complex thickets of improvisation, or simply relishing
a beautiful melody, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus never played a lick that wasn’t madly
enticing or entirely original. For their FIAF debut, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan
Iverson, and drummer David King pair their wildly eclectic sound with another like-minded
artist—the brilliant French pianist Benoît Delbecq—for an evening of jazz turned inside-out.
The perfect compliment to the trio’s exuberant style, Delbecq’s sound-world is populated
by beautifully austere, crystalline structures rooted in electronics and a meticulously prepared
Delbecq begins with a solo set, followed by a duet with Bad Plus drummer David King before
the full trio converges to perform a set that will include a special FIAF commission based
on “Ballade de Melody Nelson,” by French singer/songwriter, actor, and provocateur Serge Gainsbourg.