Billy and Dad recently saw The Bad Plus, one of Dad’s favorite working jazz bands, give a really great show at the Mill in Iowa City. The first song they played, also the first song off their new album, was “Pound for Pound.” It begins with and is dominated by a simple pleasing riff on the piano, but if you give yourself over to the song and let it hypnotize you, something really magical begins to happen with David King’s superb drumming about 4 1/2 minutes in (and builds to the end). There are certain drummers who play ecstatically, and King is among them. You begin to feel the drumming in your blood, like a spirit wanting to get out. Here’s a performance fairly similar to the one we saw (the video quality improves as it goes along).
Billy’s face just beamed with fascination as he watched the band in action, particularly King. After “Pound for Pound” came to a close, he leaned over and whispered, “I didn’t know that was possible.”
If you just want to hear the version off the album, it’s here.