Kneebody’s sound is… explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All “sounds-like” references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own.
Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of their sound this way, “Personally, I think calling Kneebody ‘jazz’ or ‘electric jazz’ is fantastic because then we can move on from that hang up and play our music – and alter expectations of what ‘jazz’ is.”
Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; they’ve developed their own musical language, inventing a unique cueing system that allows them each to change the tempo, key, style, and more in an instant.
Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D’Angelo’s Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and Miles Davis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of a Squarepusher or Queens of the Stone Age show, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a Brad Mehldau concert.
In 2005, Kneebody released their debut self-titled album Kneebody on Dave Douglas’ Greenleaf Music Label. Low Electrical Worker followed in 2007 on the Colortone Label. A collection of 13 original songs, Low Electrical Worker was hailed by saxophonist Joshua Redman as one of his “favorite albums of 2007.” In the spring of 2009, Kneebody and vocalist Theo Bleckmann released 12 Songs of Charles Ives on the Winter & Winter label and received a Grammy Award nomination in the “classical crossover” category. 2013 saw the release of The Line for Concord Records. In 2015, Kneebody’s groundbreaking collaboration with electronic musician Daedelus on Kneedelus was released on Flying Lotus’ imprint Brainfeeder records to praise from critics and audiences alike. Kneebody released their Motéma Music debut album Anti-Hero on March 3, 2017.
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From All About Jazz Kneebody At Johnny Brenda’s By: Mike Jacobs Generally when a band announces that a group member is waylaid and can’t make the gig, those in the audience start to resign themselves to an evening of subconscious apologetics—(“It’s not the same but pretty good for a guy subbing on short notice.” or “They’re doing pretty well for...
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New York Times Kneebody, ‘The Balloonist’ & Jason Moran, ‘Winds’ By: Giovanni Russonello Kneebody “Muscular drumming and distorted, suspended harmonies offset the almost nonchalant lucidity of Mr. Endsley’s trumpet and Ben Wendel’s tenor saxophone.” Jason Moran “The group has honed a language unto itself: folksy, sophisticated and full of bluesy idiosyncrasies.” To see more click here
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From Downbeat Editor’s Picks: Kneebody, Anti-Hero’ By: Frank Alkyer Clocking in at just under an hour, Anti-Hero revs you up, the chills you out. And stick around for that hidden outro at the end. The musicians in Kneebody know where this music has been and where they want to take it. On Anti-Hero, they’ve created a vehicle that lets us...
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From WBGO Take Five: Kneebody, Dexter Gordon, Lage & Eldridge, Nicole Mitchell, JALC Orchestra By: Nate Chinen Everything about “Uprising,” the current single by Kneebody, is true to form. Start with the rugged yet even-keel rhythmic motor, courtesy of drummer Nate Wood and electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar. Then there’s Adam Benjamin, on Fender Rhodes piano and effects, generating cooled-out atmosphere...
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From DL Media Kneebody Returns with Ninth Studio Album, Anti-Hero – Capturing Grammy® Nominated Quintet’s Fiery Energy From Live Performances Available March 3 on Motéma Music Compositions Inspired by Loss & Civic Responsibility Through Musical Exploration Sixteen years in and the genre-bending electric jazz collective Kneebody is stronger than ever. On the heels of their recent groundbreaking collaboration with electronic...
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from thecreatorsproject.vice.com Daedelus’ Chaotic Jazz Collab Meets Abstract 3D Animations [Premiere] By; Dj Pangburn Apart from artists like Squarepusher or Four Tet’s collaboration with drummer Steve Reid, the fusion of jazz and electronic music is fraught with all sorts of peril. Theoretically it should work. Practically, it rarely does. But LA-based electronic artist Daedelus’ collaboration with the band Kneebody enters...
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from thisisjazzstandard.com Interview with Kneedelus/Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar* Supergroups are an idea we’re all familiar with; the collaborative album released on the Brainfeeder label by Kneedelus, the coming together of jazz-rock five piece Kneebody and producer Daedelus, is no exception. As they prepare for their show at Rich Mix on May 21st as part of Serious Space Shoreditch, bassist Kaveh...
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From chicagoreader.com Kneedelus By Peter Margasak “Since forming 15 years ago, New York quintet Kneebody have been honing a supertight, postfusion sound and perfecting an electric blend of moody lyricism and deeply propulsive grooves. All five members are composers that bring in a wide range of ideas and influences. Rhythms from funk and IDM collide with atmospheric melodic schemes of...
Posted Apr 4th, 2016
From BrooklynVegan pics: Kneedelus and Cuddle Magic at Le Poisson Rouge By BrooklynVegan Staff Kneedelus, the collaboration between glitch-hop producer Daedelus and jazz group Kneebody, brought their tour to NYC for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday, March 13. We’ve got photos of the show, and you can check them out below. Meanwhile, Daedelus is also playing SXSW...
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from wsj.com Electronic Music Meets Post-Bop Jazz By: Jim Fusilli Ben Wendel and Alfred Darlington began playing music together while at Santa Monica High School in the early 1990s, jamming as a jazz sax-and-bass duo in its auditorium or on the nearby Third Street Promenade in a combo that included Terrace Martin, a linchpin in today’s rich music scene here....
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activate.metroactive.com A Prolific Pair of Musical Forces Unite to Form Kneedelus By: Tad Malone L.A.-based producer Daedelus has a reputation as a musical wizard. Known for his genre-hopping, unique brand of electronic music, he is a veteran of the L.A. scene and his work a constantly evolving gem in a sea of monotonous electronica. Kneebody is a jazz-fusion band based...
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from kqed.org 3 New Jazz Albums by California Artists: Brian Andres, David James, Kneedelus By: Andrew Gilbert Where James’ album seemed to come out of nowhere, the collaboration between the great avant funk jazz combo Kneebody and Los Angeles producer and beat master Daedalus (aka Alfred Darlington) comes with a great deal of history. A digital release on Brainfeeder, the...
Posted Feb 29th, 2016
The members of Kneebody, an avant-garde jazz collective, have been playing gigs together for so long that they don’t even live in the same parts of the country; they simply fly from their respective locations in New York, Los Angeles, Denver and Reno and jump on stage together whenever they book a show. To read the full article click here
Posted Feb 26th, 2016
from vice.com WATCH: Daedelus and Kneebody Enter a Tech-Jazz ‘Drum Battle’ in Their New Video By: Patrick Lyons The tradition of “drum battles” in jazz dates all the way back to the big band era, when Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich forever revolutionized percussion with their show-stopping rhythmic duels. They showed that pounding the skins could be more than tempo-driven...
Posted Feb 15th, 2016
From The Huffington Post 15 for ’15: Favorite Music of the Year By Ari Sadowitz Kneebody & Daedalus – Kneedalus This Brainfeeder release flew pretty far under the radar thanks in large part to The Epic, Kamasi Washington’s sprawling jazz opus, but Flying Lotus’s label kept pushing even after all the accolades. Kneebody and Daedalus are so well integrated that...
Posted Dec 28th, 2015
From LA Weekly Thanks To Brainfeeder, West Coast Jazz Is Cool Again By Jeff Weiss In the near future, when we’re listening to music streams on implanted iMolars, we’ll remember 2015 as the year that we learned to listen to more jazz. After a half-century of false obituaries, the genre re-emerged with greater vitality than anyone could have predicted. Fueled...
Posted Dec 23rd, 2015
from nytimes.com Jazz Intuition, American Roots and Double Hybrids By: Nate Chinen Hybridism often leads the agenda when an electronic producer aligns with a jazz ensemble — but what if both parties are already hybridized to the hilt? The Los Angeles label Brainfeeder has lately been in the business of answering that question, with albums like “Kneedelus,” a convergence of...
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_from latimes.com THE BEST L.A. ALBUMS OF 2015 Saxophonist Ben Wendel and DJ Alfred Darlington, friends since high school, have each cultivated tremendous success making music on the outer limits of imagination and innovation, Wendel with the Grammy-nominated progressive jazz group Kneebody, and Darlington as a pioneering DJ and electronic artist under his moniker, Daedelus. Kneebody and Daedelus have collaborated...
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from noisey.vice.com/fr DAEDELUS AND KNEEBODY HAVE RELEASED THE BEST ALBUM OF 2015 AND FREE JAZZ YOU ARE COMPLETELY MISSED By: Maxime Delcourt En à peine un an, Brainfeeder semble avoir complétement changé de dimension et renoué avec ses racines jazz. Après The Epic de Kamasi Washington début 2015, Sold Out de DJ Paypal en novembre, c’est encore à une vision...
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From fipradio.fr Le jazz mutant de Kneedelus By Guillaume Schnee “Véritable laboratoire californien jazz et electro, le label Brainfeeder a produit cette année quelques merveilles de fusion expérimentale avec Kamasi Washington, Flying Lotus ou Thundercat. Son dernier projet en date “Kneedelus” associe Kneebody, quintet jazz du saxophoniste Ben Wendel et le producteur electro Alfred Darlington alias Daedelus, figure bien connue...
Posted Nov 24th, 2015
from pitchfork.com Kneebody and Daedelus By: Ron Hart Under his Flying Lotus codename, Steven Ellison continues to push his distinctive strain of abstract hip-hop into the direction paved by his Great Aunt Alice and Great Uncle John. You could hear the family history coursing through the interstellar spaces he explored with his cousin Ravi on 2010’s Cosmogramma and that Herbie...
Posted Nov 23rd, 2015
From tsfjazz.com Disque du Jour: Kneebody & Daedelus – Kneedelus “Nouvelle sortie Jazz du label Brainfeeder après la révélation Kamasi Washington, Kneedelus est la rencontre électrique (et réussie) entre le groupe Kneebody et le compositeur de musique électronique Daedelus” “New release of Jazz Brainfeeder label after the revelation Kamasi Washington, Kneedelus meeting is the electric ( and successful ) Kneebody...
Posted Nov 20th, 2015
From starwaxmag.com KNEEBODY & DAEDELUS / KNEEDELUS By Par Myst “L’idéal pour provoquer de l’herpès à un musicien, c’est de coller une étiquette réductrice sur sa musique. Les cinq dernières années ont vu l’émergence de sonorités évolutives où, à l’avant-garde, les musiciens ont enterré les genres et leurs théories. À lui seul, Daedelus interview ici, alias Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, a pulvérisé,...
Posted Nov 16th, 2015
from factmag.com Daedelus and instrumental quintet Kneebody team up for LP on Brainfeeder Musical polymath Daedelus and Los Angeles-based instrumental quintet Kneebody have teamed up for a collaborative album set for release on Brainfeeder in November. Titled Kneedelus, the album is described by the label as “a multi-headed beast straddling rock, jazz, and electronic music” that explores the theory of...
Posted Oct 29th, 2015
from pitchfork.com Kneebody and Daedelus “Drum Battle” By: Marcus J. Moore Let’s stop and acknowledge the great run Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label is having. Between his own album, You’re Dead!, Kamasi Washington’s The Epic, and Thundercat’s The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, the imprint blurs the line between jazz and alt-soul, putting unique twists on sophisticated genres. “Drum Battle”,...
Posted Oct 27th, 2015
KNEEDELUS A Collaboration Between Kneebody + Daedelus Expands the Pantheon of Instrumental Music Eponymous Debut Available November 27 via Brainfeeder Listen to “Drum Battle” from Kneedelus The theory of technological singularity – the notion that humans and computer technology will increasingly blend together – has been explored in many forms of popular culture since it’s conception. Over the past two...
Posted Oct 21st, 2015
from theartsdesk.com theartsdesk at Love Supreme: Van Morrison & Dianne Reeves By: Matthew Wright On Sunday, the role of genre-bending was passed on to Kneebody, a Californian fusion quintet who set out to ask questions about style. Using the instrumental techniques of post-bop jazz, with the compositional structures of minimalism, especially from keys player Adam Benjamin, saxophonist Ben Wendel and...
Posted Jul 10th, 2015
from OttawaCitizen.com Concert review: Kneebody in the NAC Fourth Stage, by Chris Maskell By: Peter Hum A serious roadblock always comes up when you attempt to describe Kneebody’s music to others. The leaderless electric quintet seems to exist in its own sphere, creating sounds that are entirely their own and happily defying the conventions of any specific genre. To read...
Posted Jun 30th, 2015
From The Telegraph Kneebody, EFG London Jazz Festival, review: ‘enchanting’ By Oliver Arnoldi After 10 days of music from the most esteemed names in jazz, such as Marcus Miller, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Abdullah Ibrahim, it may have seemed odd that the final night of the London Jazz Festival saw Kneebody, a little-known quintet based in Los Angeles, take to...
Posted Nov 24th, 2014
From Willamette Week Kneebody: Wednesday, April 9 Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation. By Brett Campbell Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001, the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience most jazzers would envy. The way it incorporates rock and pop...
Posted Apr 10th, 2014
From Reno Gazette-Journal Reno Jazz Fest brings together students, performers by Michael Sion Tonight’s concert by Kneebody — a world-traveling performing and recording quintet playing trumpet, saxophone, keyboards, electric bass and drums — will push jazz envelopes by blending tight ensemble playing with improvisations, and fusing in propulsive beats for an energetic set as sonically powerful as an arena-rock show....
Posted Apr 8th, 2014
From New Haven Register Boundary-busting Kneebody at Firehouse 12 in New Haven By Joe Amarante NEW HAVEN >> With Friday night’s Spring Jazz Series band at Firehouse 12, you’ll get jazz instrumentation, for sure, but you’ll also encounter strains of electro-pop, hip-hop and classical music. And an unexpected connection to New Haven. The group’s disdain for easy categorization is reflected...
Posted Apr 2nd, 2014
Kneebody‘s drummer Nate Wood was featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Click the thumbnail below to see the article
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A Live Collaboration between Kneebody + Daedelus
The collaboration between the instrumental quintet Kneebody and electronic musician Daedelus had its initial roots planted as far back as high school for old friends saxophonist Ben Wendel and Alfred Darlington. The pair’s early musical kinship in southern California seeded a connection that grew through numerous collaborations, recordings and live performances over the years coming to fruition in an improvised performance in 2009 at “Jazz A Vienne” between their two primary music vehicles — Kneebody and Daedelus. When Wendel was awarded a composition grant through Chamber Music America it became a catalyst to write a series of pieces that would bridge the gap between the oft indescribable world of Kneebody and the unique aesthetic of Daedelus. When the quintet entered the studio with Darlington, the other members brought more compositions to the fore and the result is a critically acclaimed album of original music that sits inside the rich pantheon of instrumental music, but with a modern sheen that takes the shape of a multi-headed beast straddling rock, jazz, and electronic music.
One of the smarter bands blenderizing postbop, indie rock, hip-hop and classical music
The New York Times
Powerfully funky prog-jazz quintet Kneebody, a band filled with heavyweight improvisers but not bound by idiom
Time Out New York
Putting a finger on a band like Kneebody is a bit like raising it to the wind. At any given moment, the group’s artistic inclinations can whip in an unpredictable direction.
Wall Street Journal
…the band has always had the same lineup, honing its vision into something that hovers in the worlds of jazz and rock while tossing in other genre elements, as well.
It’s probably safe to assume at this point that no other band working today can offer what Kneebody delivered at the Blue Whale on Friday night.
Los Angeles Times
Able to combine their obvious wealth of jazz knowledge and facility with all sensibilities modern and distill it all into something at once fresh, visionary and remarkably accessible.
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