Available languages: EnglishExperimental ensemble Kneebody emerged in the early 2000s with a progressive, jazz-based sound that also touched upon rock, funk, and electronic-influenced music. Although each member of Kneebody is an adept jazz improviser, they often take a compositional, group-oriented approach to their music and albums. 2008's Low Electrical Worker, 2013's The Line, and 2017's Anti-Hero have found them drawing inspiration from '70s fusion artists, Krautrock innovators, and more contemporary post-rock bands. Formed in 2001, Kneebody originally featured keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, bassist/guitarist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel, and drummer/bassist Nate Wood. Initially, Benjamin, Endsley, Rastegar, and Wendel met as students at the Eastman School of Music in the '90s. Benjamin eventually transferred to CalArts where he struck up a friendship with Wood. After college, the bandmates all relocated to Los Angeles where Kneebody came together. They released their debut self-titled album on trumpeter Dave Douglas' Greenleaf label in 2005, drawing praise for their inventive instrumental sound. It was a style they further developed on 2008's Low Electrical Worker and 2009's Twelve Songs by Charles Ives, the latter of which was a collaboration with vocalist Theo Bleckmann that picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album. You Can Have Your Moment arrived on the Winter & Winter label in 2010, followed by 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. Their ninth studio album, Anti-Hero, arrived on Motema in 2017. In 2019, they issued Chapters which featured guest contributions by Gretchen Parlato, Michael Mayo, Gerald Clayton, and others.
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Kneebody + Daedelus = Kneedelus ! A somewhat atypical electro-jazz project birthed by Brainfeeder music label, also responsible for the recent and acclaimed Flying Lotus (actually the founder of the label!). Kneebody are ambassadors of another type of American jazz, a kind of experimental mish-mash that has developed and evolved over the past decade. The combination is stimulating. Avant-garde beatmaker and electronic producer Alfred Darlington (aka Daedulus) blends the jazz fusion of Kneebody to perfection, from the saxophone, keyboards, bass, all the way to the drums. A daring venture from the jazz quintet that establishes their status as pioneers in avant-garde jazz. © MD/Qobuz