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Wednesday April 02, 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 in its name, Kneebody, chosen by Ben Wendel’s girlfriend to signify no clear style or group leader.

The quintet — saxophonist Wendel, trumpeter Shane Endsley, keyboardist Adam Benjamin, bassist Kaveh Rastegar and drummer Nate Wood — will do two shows at the 45 Crown St. club, at 8:30 and 10 p.m.

Tickets are $18 (first set) and $12 (second set), available at http://firehouse12.com or by calling 203-785-0468.

One reviewer, Matt Collar, said Kneebody makes “challenging music that defies easy categorization … with songs that are melodic but still harmonically knotty and dynamically engaging.” JazzTimes said, “The band’s fourth album, The Line, cements its disdain for boundary setting.”

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