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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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The album of 2013!

This album breaks new ground- I call it the truest “fusion” ever written- perfectly fusing today’s rock with jazz concepts. I've listened to it daily now for months. As a musician it has given me a wealth of ideas for my own playing. Ten stars would not be enough.

Not even jazz I'm disappointed

You want a real Jazz hook yourself up with some Miles Davis


Formed: 2001 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Experimental instrumental ensemble Kneebody makes 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 was formed. They released their debut self-titled album...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Sep 24, 2013

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