What distinguishes The Bad Plus from other jazz piano trios is the solid rock sound that this threesome creates. This is how Reid Anderson (bass), Ethan Iverson (piano) and David King (drums) made their name as a completely original, new-style American jazz trio. Hard drums, borrowed from rock music, a compelling groove driven by the bass and melodious improvisations and interpretations on the grand piano are their trump cards. In 2003 the band made their breakthrough with These are the Vistas. They impressed with unexpected compositions and almost insane interpretations of Blondie, Abba and The Pixies. This is also true of their more recent CDs: Give, Suspicious Activity? and Prog. Between the latter two came Blunt Object, Live in Tokyo, an album that shows that the trio is at its most powerful live on stage.