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Kneebody

Kneebody's sound is explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositionsthat are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All "sounds-like" references can be set aside; this band has created agenre and style all its own. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of their sound this way;“Personally, I think calling Kneebody jazz or electric jazz is fantasticbecause then we can move on from that hang up and play our music - and alter expectations of what 'jazz' is.” Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpete ...read more

Kneebody's sound is explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositionsthat are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All "sounds-like" references can be set aside; this band has created agenre and style all its own. Kneebody bassist Kaveh Rastegar thinks of their sound this way;“Personally, I think calling Kneebody jazz or electric jazz is fantasticbecause then we can move on from that hang up and play our music - and alter expectations of what 'jazz' is.” Kneebody is keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, saxophonist Ben Wendel and drummerNate Wood. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; they've developed their own musical language, inventing aunique cueing system that allows them each to change the tempo, key, style, and more in an instant. The quintet met in their late teens while at The Eastman School of Music and Cal Arts, became fast friends, and converged together asKneebody amid the vibrant and eclectic music scene of Los Angeles in 2001. Since then, each band member has amassed an impressive listof credits and accomplishments over the years all while the band has continued to thrive and grow in reputation, solidifying a fan basearound the world. “We are a democratic, equally owned-and-operated band with shared leadership,” says Shane Endsley. “Everyone brings in music andeveryone votes on everything. And it's always been just the five of us.” Kneebody draws upon influences spanning D'Angelo's Voodoo to music by Elliot Smith, Bill Frisell, and MilesDavis. Their live shows are known for intense sonic landscapes of the Radiohead ilk, for the rhythmic bombast of aSquarepusher or Queens of the Stone Age show, and the harmonic depth and improvisational freedom experienced at a BradMehldau concert. « hide

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