13 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kneebody, which formed in Los Angeles in the early '00s, is basically a jazz quintet that sometimes draws on other styles. 2013’s The Line, its fourth album, displays how the group brings various musical strains together in unusual ways. Tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel and trumpeter Shane Endsley, who both employ effects, perform the fine horn arrangements. Interestingly, Wendel and Endsley don’t solo much; when they do, they keep their statements short and sweet. The opening cut, “Lowell,” comes off like a chunky descendent of the innovative '60s British jazz-rock group Soft Machine. The title track surges and simmers as Nate Wood pushes the band with hard-hitting drums. “E and E,” a sort of intro to “Pushed Away,” finds Kaveh Rastegar subtly layering quiet bass tones to moody effect. “Trite” rattles with energy as the band brings the piece’s tense, angular lines to life—check out Adam Benjamin’s agitated, distorted keyboard work. The dark, medium-tempo closer, “Ready Set Go,” stirs together metal, prog, and jazz to create an unholy stew.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kneebody, which formed in Los Angeles in the early '00s, is basically a jazz quintet that sometimes draws on other styles. 2013’s The Line, its fourth album, displays how the group brings various musical strains together in unusual ways. Tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel and trumpeter Shane Endsley, who both employ effects, perform the fine horn arrangements. Interestingly, Wendel and Endsley don’t solo much; when they do, they keep their statements short and sweet. The opening cut, “Lowell,” comes off like a chunky descendent of the innovative '60s British jazz-rock group Soft Machine. The title track surges and simmers as Nate Wood pushes the band with hard-hitting drums. “E and E,” a sort of intro to “Pushed Away,” finds Kaveh Rastegar subtly layering quiet bass tones to moody effect. “Trite” rattles with energy as the band brings the piece’s tense, angular lines to life—check out Adam Benjamin’s agitated, distorted keyboard work. The dark, medium-tempo closer, “Ready Set Go,” stirs together metal, prog, and jazz to create an unholy stew.

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About Kneebody

Experimental instrumental ensemble Kneebody make jazz-, funk-, rock-, and electronic-influenced music. Featured in the band are keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassist/guitarist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel, and drummer Nate Wood. Although Benjamin, Endsley, Rastegar, and Wendel attended Eastman School of Music together in the '90s, it wasn't until after they graduated and all relocated to Los Angeles that Kneebody were formed. They released their debut self-titled album on trumpeter Dave Douglas' Greenleaf label in 2005. Two years later, they returned with Low Electrical Worker. Kneebody then collaborated with vocalist Theo Bleckmann for the 2009 album Twelve Songs by Charles Ives. They delivered their fourth studio album, The Line, on Concord in 2013. Two years later they teamed with left-field hip-hop and electronica producer Daedelus for the collaborative LP Kneedelus, a Brainfeeder release. In 2017, they returned with their ninth studio album, Anti-Hero. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Santa Monica, CA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • FORMED
    2001

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