Music Hall of Williamsburg
The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

Rafiq Bhatia, Chris Morrissey Quartet

Wed, September 26, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

This event is 18 and over

The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus has spent over a decade breaking down the walls of jazz convention, reaching audiences of all demographic stripes with an uncompromising body of original music (plus some ingenious, genre-jumping covers) and dedicated touring around the globe. Few jazz groups in recent memory have generated such a mix of acclaim and controversy. Throughout their career, bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King have held fast to a band ethos (deeply collaborative with no "leader") and a belief in what they like to call avant-garde populism (progressive, musically sophisticated ideas without the bullshit high-brow trappings).

On Made Possible, the group's 8th studio album, The Bad Plus unleashes nine spellbinding original tracks that showcase everything this groundbreaking trio is capable of: heart-pounding acoustic anthems, bleary melancholia, fearless juxtapositions, tunefully mathy contortions and a masterful sense of song. What's more, the band peppers this latest outing with a few tasteful flecks of electronics — check the 808 clicks and claps in "I Want to Feel Good Part Two" or the sinister synth layering on "Wolf Out." From first listen, it's the sound of three gifted players and composers at a dizzying creative peak, proving yet again that a piano-bass-drums trio can still transport listeners to rapturous and uncharted places.
Rafiq Bhatia
Rafiq Bhatia
The music of American composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (pronounced rah-FEEK BAHtia) defies easy categorization. Regardless, groundbreaking artists from different corners of the music world are taking notice. According to jazz drum legend Billy Hart, Bhatia's combination of driving, glitch-inspired beats, blistering improvisation, and expansive production holds "the true potential of the future." In the words of Grammy nominated pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, "his music is innovative and fearless." Valgeir Sigurðsson, who has produced recordings by Björk and Feist, remarks that working with Bhatia "felt like learning a new language." And, speaking about Bhatia's forthcoming debut, Antipop Consortium emcee and producer High Priest proclaims, "this is the type of joint that can exist in both beat and jazz canons successfully."

Since moving to Brooklyn in 2010, Bhatia "has wasted no time grabbing wider attention" (Time Out New York), collaborating with an array of forward-thinking artists including Billy Hart, High Priest of Antipop Consortium, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Vijay Iyer, Alexander Overington, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Gordon Voidwell, TECLA, and others. He has toured extensively across the eastern and midwestern United States with his quartet, which features Jeremy Viner (woodwinds, processing), Jackson Hill (bass), and Alex Ritz (drums, processing). His performances have been recommended by publications including Time Out New York and The Boston Globe.
Chris Morrissey Quartet
Chris Morrissey Quartet
Chris Morrissey is a musician's musician. As a bassist, he's logged hundreds of thousands of miles touring five continents and countless hours performing and recording with a long list of world-class songwriters and players. As a bandleader, he is as convincing a singer and frontman in his rock outfit Taurus as he is a composer and upright bassist in his jazz quartet. Few musicians wear as many hats, and even fewer wear them as comfortably.

Before coming to Brooklyn in 2009, Chris lead a hard-hitting band in his home state of Minnesota that included local luminaries Dave King on drums (The Bad Plus, Happy Apple, Buffalo Collision) and Mike Lewis on saxophones (Bon Iver, Happy Apple, Andrew Bird). With their deep history and unmistakeable individuality, King and Lewis, along with pianists Peter Schimke and Bryan Nichols, brought Morrissey's distinctive writing to life on his 2009 debut, The Morning World. The record quickly caught the ear of François Zalacain and found a home on his renowned New York label, Sunnyside Records.

Called "the shape of things to come when it comes to bassists and bandleaders" by Jazz Times, and placed third on a list of five records to play for “...people who think they don't like jazz" in National Public Radio's A Blog Supreme, The Morning World earned high praise from the jazz press community. The music also got the attention of some of New York's brightest players, and Morrissey wasted no time enlisting some heavyweight collaborators in his new city. With drummer Mark Guiliana, pianist Aaron Parks, saxophonist Ben Wendel, and guitarist Nir Felder, he began packing such notable venues as the Jazz Gallery and Rockwood Music Hall while earning concert recommendations from Nate Chinen of the New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and as a "Voice Choice" in The Village Voice.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/