In between CMJ hopping on Thursday night, I had the chance to stop by NYU's Skirball Center for The Bad Plus' (pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King) take on Ornette Coleman's 1971 concept album Science Fiction, backed by the trippy psychedelic visuals of The Joshua Light Show. Joined by Sam Newsome (soprano saxophone), Ron Miles (cornet) and Tim Berne (alto saxophone), they played the entire album, along with several "bonus tracks", including the soaring encore, "Happy House." For an album that was cut back when the original Joshua Light Show was backing everyone from The Grateful Dead to Jimi Hendrix, the music sounded remarkably fresh and current, even experimental.
There are two more Joshua Light Shows tonight at the Skirball Center, featuring post-punk legends Television (7pm) and J. Spaceman & Kid Millions (10pm). Tickets available at the box office or online. (Note: these are not CMJ shows.) More pics on the photo page.