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Sixteen years in and the genre-bending electric jazz collective Kneebody is stronger than ever. On the heels of their recent groundbreaking collaboration with electronic musician Daedelus, the band returned to the studio refreshed and armed with a slate of road-tested tunes for their ninth studio album. Kneebody makes their Motéma Music debut on March 3 with the release of Anti-Hero, the pulsating result of that creative rebirth, featuring an assured set of churning backbeats and unrestrained exploration. When Kneebody first convened in the year 2001, they were five twenty-somethings gigging around Los Angeles’ vast pockets of nightlife


Article: Album Review

Ben Wendel: All One

Read "All One" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Classe 1976, canadese di nascita, cresciuto a Los Angeles e attualmente residente a Brooklyn (New York), Ben Wendel è considerato un astro nascente del jazz contemporaneo da diversi anni. Sassofonista e compositore, oltre ad essere stato nel 2001 tra i fondatori dei Kneebody, si è costruito negli anni una solida reputazione di solista e leader firmando ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Wendel On 'The Unspeakable Truths' That Are Passed Between Musicians

Read "Ben Wendel On 'The Unspeakable Truths' That Are Passed Between Musicians" reviewed by Leo Sidran

For saxophonist Ben Wendel, the pandemic provided the space for him to develop his latest solo record, All One (Edition Records), a project that is both very solitary and very collaborative. It features a woodwind choir of saxophones and bassoons performed entirely by Ben, and then joined by special guests like singers Cecile McLorin Salvant and ...


Article: Play This!

Kneebody: The Trip

Read "Kneebody: The Trip" reviewed by Mike Jacobs

If there are jazz earworms, this one's so intoxicating it might indeed be suspected of originating in a bottle of Mezcal--were it not so infectiously upbeat, that is. From their album Chapters (Edition, 2019), “The Trip" features the classic five-man Kneebody complement of Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley, Kaveh Rastegar, Adam Benjamin and Nate Wood plus the ...


Article: Live Review

Ben Wendel Group At Bop Stop

Read "Ben Wendel Group At Bop Stop" reviewed by John Chacona

Ben Wendel Group Bop Stop Cleveland, OH March 22, 2023 For a long time, California has held a mythic place in the U.S. popular imagination as a fountainhead of new ideas in culture, technology, or in the case of the smartphone ("Designed by Apple in California") of both. So it makes ...


Article: Live Review

Trio Grande At Magy's Farm

Read "Trio Grande At Magy's Farm" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Trio Grande Magy's Farm Dromara, N. Ireland November 28, 2022 Set in the rolling drumlins of County Down with farmland rising and falling on all sides, a couple of weathered donkeys looking on and the Mourne Mountains rising majestically ahead, Magy's Farm, it is safe to say, is not quite ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New releases from Lydian Nadhaswaran, Sven Gotz and Troy Roberts

Read "New releases from Lydian Nadhaswaran, Sven Gotz and Troy Roberts" reviewed by Len Davis

New music with Lydian Nadhaswaram from Chromatic Grammatic, Swedish guitarist Sven Gotz, UK based Bassist Mike Forrest Flynn, The Bad Plus, Yellow Jackets, Troy Roberts, and KneebodyPlaylist Lydian Nadhaswaram “Spot" from Chromatic Grammatic (Amly) 00:00 Sven Gotz “The Promise" from Panjoy (Jazzandrecords) 07:07 Mike Forrest Flynn “Strange Weather" from Strange Weather (Self Produced) 14:10 ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New music from Fusio Group, Kneebody, ARC Trio and Alexander Flood

Read "New music from Fusio Group, Kneebody, ARC Trio and Alexander Flood" reviewed by Len Davis

New music from Hungary's Fusio Group, Kneebody's Live at Le Crescent, Eric Escanes, ARC Trio & John Daversa Big Band, and Australian drummer Alexander FloodPlaylist Fusio Group “Winter Flowers" from XXX (Self Produced) 00:00 Kneebody “Spectra" from Live at Le Crescent (Edition) 11:31 Eric Escanes “Santi" from Santi (La Reserve) 23:04 ARC Trio & ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Oneness of Juju, Amanda Ekery, Snacktime, Ray Anderson & More New Releases

Read "Oneness of Juju, Amanda Ekery, Snacktime, Ray Anderson & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Oscillating between yesterday's funky good times of yesterday (Oneness of Juju; Milt Ward) and today's grooves (Snacktime, Kneebody, Ray Anderson's Pocket Brass Band) this week's playlist confirms that good music is timeless, and quirky to boot (Amanda Ekery, Esthesis Quartet). Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...


Article: Album Review

Ryan Daunt: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Drummer, educator, bandleader, and composer Ryan Daunt hails from Australia. Daunt is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with a First-Class Honours Degree in Music, majoring in Jazz Performance. In 2016, he released his debut album. A busy sideman, Daunt has performed with a myriad of jazz artists including Kneebody, Troy ...


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