New Bad Plus – “Physical Cities”

Piano trio The Bad Plus have garnered glowing accolades with imaginative, jazzy renditions of Aphex Twin, Blondie, and Radiohead cuts — and while their forthcoming record Prog caters to the cover lovers (including “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Life On Mars,” and a killer take on Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”), their compositional (and comping) skills are impressing our ears this week. Take “Physical Cities,” a nine-plus minute opus of ascending piano arpeggios; lush, slow-morphing tempo shifts; and balls-out open-hat rock grooves.

The Bad Plus – “Physical Cities” (MP3)

Chew on the displaced beats and odd-timed monotone vamps, and we’ll get ya a listen of one of those covers soon.

Prog is out 5/8 on Heads Up.

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