Reid Anderson

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Reid Anderson
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Anderson at the Moers Festival 2017
Background information
Born (1970-10-15) October 15, 1970 (age 47)
Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Double bass
Years active 1980s–present
Labels Columbia, Fresh Sound
Associated acts The Bad Plus, Orange Then Blue, Ethan Iverson, Bill McHenry

Reid Anderson (born 15 October 1970)[1] is a bassist and composer from Minnesota. He is best known for his work in The Bad Plus with pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King. The Bad Plus has been together since 1989. In 2003, Columbia Records released the band's major label debut, These Are the Vistas.

In 1998, Anderson and his quartet (consisting of Iverson, Jorge Rossy, and Mark Turner) released the album Dirty Show Tunes to widespread critical and popular acclaim from the jazz community.[citation needed] A second album, Abolish Bad Architecture, was released a year later with Jeff Ballard replacing Rossy on drums.

In 2000, Anderson and a brand new group featuring Andrew D'Angelo, Bill McHenry, Ben Monder, and Marlon Browden released the album The Vastness of Space. This album was a departure from Anderson's earlier efforts in that it focused more on composition and less on improvisation. The album's simple, melodic tunes begin to foreshadow the genre-bending that would drive the underlying philosophy of The Bad Plus. Two songs from The Vastness of Space would eventually become Bad Plus favorite[citation needed]: "Prehensile Dream" and "Silence Is the Question."

Anderson attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music.


  • Dirty Show Tunes (Fresh Sound, 1998)
  • Abolish Bad Architecture (Fresh Sound, 1999)
  • Live at Small's (Fresh Sound, 2000)
  • The Vastness of Space (Fresh Sound, 2000)

With The Bad Plus

With Ethan Iverson

  • Construction Zone (Originals) (Fresh Sound, 1998)
  • Deconstruction Zone (Standards) (Fresh Sound, 1998)
  • The Minor Passions (Fresh Sound, 1998)

With Bill McHenry

  • Graphic (Fresh Sound, 1999)
  • Bill McHenry Quartest feat. Paul Motian (Fresh Sound, 2003)
  • Ghosts of the Sun (Sunnyside, 2011)

With others


  1. ^ "Bad Plus". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 30–33. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ "Reid Anderson | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 

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