The Bad Plus perform Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction

Saturday, October 18, 2014 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium


The Bad Plus
perform Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction
with Tim Berne, Ron Miles & Sam Newsome

Duke Performances has once again engaged the forward-leaning jazz trio The Bad Plus — Reid Anderson, bass; Ethan Iverson, piano; and Dave King, drums — to make a daring evening-length project. In 2011, Duke Performances commissioned The Bad Plus’ On Sacred Ground, a bold new interpretation of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The intrepid trio — “about as badass as highbrow gets” (Rolling Stone) — now turns its sights to Ornette Coleman’s landmark 1972 recording Science Fiction following its 40th anniversary.

“Overflowing with brilliance” (AllMusic), Coleman’s Science Fiction is distinguished by its inventive combination of melodic beauty and avant-garde openness, enhanced by overdubs, vocals, and a sonic production unlike any other jazz recording in existence. The album has long been a touchstone for The Bad Plus: it is, for them, “the apotheosis of freedom and precision in improvised music.” At Baldwin Auditorium, they pay homage by boldly interpreting Science Fiction song-for-song, front-to-back, with help from an esteemed horn section of fine improvisers including Ron Miles, trumpet; Tim Berne, alto saxophone; and Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone.

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