LEWISTON — Bates College’s Olin Concert Series will present the jazz trio The Bad Plus, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The Bad Plus made its name in the 2000s with surprising, inventive and energetic takes on cover material like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Last year, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King welcomed longtime friend and jazz stalwart Orrin Evans as successor to Ethan Iverson on piano. The combination, critics say, has brought new spark to the trio. “There is a shift in character,” wrote JazzTimes’ David Fricke, “with Evans’’ brawny, bop-rooted force and deep-blues vernacular replacing Iverson’’s classical grounding and pointillistic attack.”

The power of the new-but-old Bad Plus is evidenced by their debut recording with Evans, “Never Stop II.” The recording, comprising all original music with each member contributing fresh compositions, is “an exhilarating document” (New York Times) that marks an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.

Tickets are $25, available at batesconcerts.eventbrite.com. FMI: olinarts@bates.edu or 207-786-6135.

Members of the jazz trio The Bad Plus are, from left, bass player Reid Anderson, drummer Dave King; and pianist Orrin Evans. (Shervin Lainez photo)

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