Craig Havighurst
March 19, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The jazz power trio drew adoring press by covering Nirvana on its first album, but pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King make high art, not pop gimmickry. Like Chick Corea’s acoustic efforts infused with rock and Rachmaninoff, the Bad Plus embrace sonic adventure without selfish avant-gardism. Yes, they cagily interpret Black Sabbath and the Pixies on Give, but there are eight originals seething with funky new-millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights.

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