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Tuesday April 25, 2017

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 being a man down.”)

But this is Kneebody…

So when saxophonist Ben Wendel told the crowd at Johnny Brenda’s that bassist Kaveh Rastegar was MIA for the night, the immediate disappointment was quickly turned into disbelief. “We are fortunate to have an alien in the band,” Wendel continued. “Our drummer Nate Wood will be playing both drums and bass tonight. Yes, I know, we can’t believe it either, but he can do these things.”

As the quintet-turned-quartet launched into their set opener there was the added percussion of scores of jaws hitting the floor as few could process what they were seeing, (let alone hearing)—Nate Wood, superhero, drumming with one hand (and two feet) while hammering out notes on a P-bass fretboard with the other.

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