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Kneebody: Chapters

Read "Chapters" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Chapters--the title of Kneebody's 2019 release--has a certain appropriateness, as it definitely marks several new ones for the band. One being that lyric-oriented songs account for nearly half of the material on the album. Technically, vocals are nothing new to Kneebody. The band included one track with vocals on their 2002 proto-Kneebody album Wendel. Its 2009 collaborative effort with Theo Bleckmann, Twelve Songs of Charles Ives (Winter and Winter, 2008) was nominated for a Grammy and indeed their recent EP ...

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Kneebody's Perfect

Read "Kneebody's Perfect" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In less than two decades Kneebody has established itself as reference band of forward-looking musicians. With a brand new EP out, By Fire, their first release entirely dedicated to covers, a new outlet (the British musician-run reference label Edition Records), and new line-up following the departure of bassist Kaveh Rastegar, there's a been a lot going on for this influential group. So this week we look back at their genre-bending work, and at the busy careers and eclectic collaborations of ...

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Kneebody: Anti-Hero

Read "Anti-Hero" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Several questions came to mind when listening (repeatedly) to Kneebody's latest offering, Anti-Hero. 1. “Why does this feel important?" Easy one. Anti-Hero is by far the strongest effort yet from arguably the most original collective to strafe the jazz world in recent history. All the pheromones that make Kneebody so attractive have never been fuller in force. Next question... 2. “Is Kneebody really a band or some nefarious hive-mind experiment gone musical?"

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Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's

Read "Kneebody at Johnny Brenda's" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

Kneebody Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia PA April 7, 2017 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 ...

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Kneebody: You Can Have Your Moment

Read "You Can Have Your Moment" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

West Coast eclectic Kneebody elbowed its way to the front of the crowd on Theo Bleckmann's Grammy-nominated Twelve Songs by Charles Ives (Winter & Winter, 2009). As is customary with Bleckmann, he always employs musicians empathetic with his creative and playful vision. On You Can have Your Moment, Kneebody is all business, pushing the musical envelope to the edge of sonic awareness. The band closes You Can have Your Moment with “High Noon," composed by trumpeter Shane ...


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