Ben Wendel and the rest of the guys from Kneebody have known Alfred "Daedelus" Darlington for a good long while. The dandy producer and the throttle-down jazz innovators have had glancing musical dalliances in the past, but thay hd yet to release a full blown album together… until now. Is it any surprise that it's taking the LA, Flying Lotus-headed label Brainfeeder to make this possible? Kneedelus -- the collaborative album between Kneebody of saxophonist Ben Wendel, trumpeter Shane Endsley, keyboardist Adam Benjamin, bassist Kaveh Rastegar, and drummer Nate Wood, and producer dynamo Daedelus -- is out November 27th on Brainfeeder. Check out the first single, "Drum Battle", a song that totally gets buck and which you may be playing all damn day, below.
The genre bending Kneebody is a singular beast. Not quite traditional jazz, not quite electronic music, not quite hip hop, not quite indie rock, instead the group blends a little of each to achieve a whole greater than the sum of its parts. The group comprised of keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummer Nate Wood performed a one hour set last September at Jazz A La Villette, a French jazz festival based out of Paris. For those of you who missed the live performance, check out the full concert video below the jump courtesy of Arte, a Franco-German television network. But don’t wait too long! The video expires February 9th, 2015.
Things have been going pretty great for the dudes in Kneebody. They recently signed to Concord. Their debut album on the label, The Line, drops September 24th. As their EPK below can attest, now that they've got some major label backing, they can focus on rocking hard and not spinning all the production plates at once. The proof will soon be in the pudding.
Marc Rosenfeld Antunes
mra337[at]nyu.edu / @mcrantunes
In a booming jazz scene, it is worth noting some exciting news about an organization sitting somewhat at the center of much of new musical activity, Search and Restore. Search and Restore is somewhat of an entry point for the discovery of new talents in contemporary jazz and improvisation as well as an intersection, a platform for these musicians to be brought together. In terms of bringing musicians together, two notable events are coming up.