The Bad Plus is a completely different band stylistically nowadays even when two of its original members bassist Reid Anderson and drummmer Dave King are still on board. That's because TBP is no longer a piano trio.
Is it better for that? No at least on the slim evidence of this snarlingly punkish track along with the couple of other tracks from the upcoming album streaming so far. I'll be checking out the rest for the full picture come release time hoping for at least one track to cling on to. This is the best of what we know so far.
But getting that lamentation as to change in format out of the way what have we got more positively? On the Dave King tune 'Not Even Close To Far Off' certainly there is a tasty, emotive, sounding tenor saxophone solo from Chris Speed as one favourable element. Speed is a player we have long admired and yet who is someone who seems constrained here within the rumbling bass and tough drums architecture of the rock style piece and its relatively simple tune.
The most interesting bit is actually the electric guitar part from Ben Monder who arrives sounding far off and mysterious before the sax line repeats his melody. A slight feeling of anti-climax is overpowering by the end.