Kneebody, the innovative jazz group made up of trumpeter Shane Endsley, saxophonist Ben Wendel, keyboardist Adam Benjamin and the extraordinary Nate Wood taking the simultaneous roles of drummer and bassist, is back with their seventh album, Chapters, coming October 18th to Edition Records.
“The title references the episodic nature of life and the way our personal stories begin to form a narrative as we accumulate more time on the planet,” states Endsley. “Kneebody feels like a family. We came together as young people and have spent all these years growing together. We have our personal chapters and we have our chapters as a band, and they all intertwine. Sometimes we have to look back to realize what a given chapter was about and sometimes it can be noted in the present. At this time, Kneebody is clearly entering a new period and this album illustrates the passage.”
In addition to the core Kneebody members, Chapters also welcomes a series of special guests to the fold, namely Michael Mayo, Gretchen Parlato, Gerald Clayton, Josh Dion and Becca Stevens. “We have the original quintet, the new quartet, and we have the arrival of these wonderful guests. From here, we begin the next chapter of our story,” continues Endsley.
Stream “When It All Comes Down” featuring Parlato below. You can pre-order the album now on vinyl, CD or MP3, and be on the lookout upcoming Kneebody tour dates throughout the US and Europe (see below).
Kneebody’s “When It All Comes Down” featuring Gretchen Parlato
Chapters, the new album by Kneebody drops October 18th via Edition Records.
Upcoming Kneebody Tour Dates
Oct. 9 / Earshot Jazz Festival / Seattle, WA
Oct. 10 / The Jack London Revue / Portland, OR
Oct. 24 / The Ardmore Music Hall / Ardmore, PA
Oct. 25 / BRIC JazzFest / Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 8 / Le Crescent Jazz Club / Macon, France
Nov. 9 / La Spirale / Fribourg, Switzerland
Nov. 12 – 13 / Duc Des Lombards / Paris, France
Nov. 14 / Jazzclub Unterfahrt / Munich, Germany
Nov. 15 / Zig Zag Jazz Club / Berlin, Germany
Nov. 17 / Jazzhaus Freiburg / Freiburg, Germany
Photo by Robby Suharlim.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.