The Rite of Spring - The Bad Plus
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  • Summary: The jazz piano trio's latest release is an interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's 1913 work, Rite of Spring.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Jul 17, 2014
    90
    Would their punk model work for a Stravinsky cover, with its unique challenges? The answer given by this recording is a resounding yes. [May 2014, p.58]
  2. Apr 1, 2014
    90
    It’s a tour de force. The work’s relentless, odd-accented, propulsive rhythms are a perfect fit for this band.
  3. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    That this trio interprets such a difficult work with this degree of faithfulness is remarkable; that they do so without sacrificing their personality in the process is worth celebrating.
  4. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    This reinterpretation is as fresh and breathtaking as the group’s past work. Indeed, it may be the most wonderful thing since its debut. Maybe better.
  5. 75
    The Bad Plus mostly set aside improvisation in an effort to capture Stravinsky's modernist vision, but in some ways it's never sounded freer.
  6. Apr 1, 2014
    67
    The Rite should elicit gasps, not cock eyebrows—the latter of which is the most extreme reaction the Bad Plus manage to provoke.