This week, The Checkout dedicates the hour to the recent world premiere by The Bad Plus of "On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring" at Duke Performances. The genre-bending trio features bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer Dave King. Although ostensibly a jazz trio, the group is well-known for their expansive musical palate -- incorporating music from Blondie to Babbitt as its points of departure.
For this project, the group arranged Stravinsky's famously controversial piece, a cornerstone of 20th-century classical repertoire. But rather than take bits and pieces for improvised riffs, the group consciously chose to play the score, arranging the work for piano, bass and drums. The result is a fascinating take that is clearly The Rite, yet also identifiably The Bad Plus.
WBGO's Josh Jackson interviews Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, Dave King and music critic Steve Smith. Listen above to the whole show, or click below to hear the piece in its entirety:
Photos by: Darryl Pitt
Recorded March 26, 2011 at Reynolds Theater in Durham, NC.
Ethan Iverson - piano
Reid Anderson - bass
Dave King - drums
Recorded by Luc Suer and Bradford Swanson
Mix by Bradford Swanson
Duke Performances Director: Aaron Greenwald
Thanks to Darryl Pitt and Thurston Briscoe
Easy Now (Evans arr. Todd Marcus)
Captain Black (Evans arr. Todd Bashore)
Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael arr. Bashore)
Jena 6 (Evans arr. band)
Orrin Evans - composer, conductor, facilitator, piano on "Captain Black" and "Jena 6"
Todd Bashore - alto sax 1, conductor
Robert Landham - alto sax 2
Joel Frahm - tenor sax 1
Victor North - tenor sax 2
Mark Allen - baritone sax
Stafford Hunter - trombone
David Gibson - trombone
Ernest Stuart - trombone
Andy Hunter - trombone
Duane Eubanks - trumpet
Brian Kilpatrick - trumpet
Fabio Morgera - trumpet
David Weiss - trumpet
Neil Podgursky - piano on "Easy Now" & "Stardust"
Kenny Davis - bass
John Davis - drums
Producer and host: Josh Jackson
Recorded by Michael Downes
Assisted by Michael McGoff
The Checkout features interviews with trumpeter Shane Endsley, guitarist Anthony Wilson, and Igmar Thomas on G.U.R.U. Also, hear highlights from Martial Solal at the Village Vanguard. WBGO's Josh Jackson is your host.
WBGO's Josh Jackson talks to trumpeter Igmar Thomas about the legacy of Keith Elam aka GURU. Thomas and pianist Marc Cary lead the Revive Da Live Big Band in a celebration of GURU at Le Poisson Rouge.
Don Byron - tenor saxophone and clarinet
DK Dyson - vocals
Geri Allen - piano
Brad Jones - electric bass
Pheeroan akLaff - drums and percussion
Hide Me in Thy Bosom (Thomas A. Dorsey)
He's an On Time God (Dottie Peoples)
Producer: Josh Jackson
Mix: David Tallacksen
Assisted by Michael Downes
Alan Hampton - vocal/guitar, bass
Oh My God
The Darker Things
All compositions by Alan Hampton
Host and Producer: Josh Jackson
Recorded by Michael Downes