All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

151

Kneebody: You Can Have Your Moment

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Kneebody needs no introduction for the avant-leaning, electro-acoustic jazz set—if such a specific subset of a crowd exists. This quintet has a way of combining high art improvisation with earthy grooves and electronic etching that nobody else can seem to match. The music on You Can Have Your Moment is a sonic stew that includes raucous rock grooves, progressive improvisation, ambient experimentation, rhythmic misdirection and a whole lot more.

While all five members of this group have a way of meshing as one, different roles are noticeable. The bottom-end of the band—drummer Nate Wood and bassist Kaveh Rastegar—bring the power with their heavy grooves, jam band-meets-downtown sound and drum-n-bass derived drama. Wood expertly plays grunge-leaning grooves ("Teddy Ruxpin"), as well as jittery odd-meter oddities ("No Thank You Mr. West"), and Rastegar goes right with him and helps create a floor for the rest of the group to walk on.

Saxophonist Ben Wendel and trumpeter Shane Endsley often harmonize on stretched lines —adding color to stark, alien worlds ("Desperation Station")—but their contributions don't stop there; each has opportunities to share their unique solo voices over tumbling sound collages that groove, yet baffle.

While four of the five musicians on the album are credited with "effects," Benjamin seems to be the prime mover-and-shaker in this area. His fat Fender Rhodes sound, vibraphone-like statements ("The Entrepreneur"), carnival-esque creations, and otherworldly aural oddities help flesh out these bizarre moving pictures. "Call"—which sounds a bit empty as the horns speak over the drums—is immediately richer and fuller sounding when Benjamin enters the picture.

The best moments on this album are also the most dizzying, with looping lines that move and lock with one another in strange and unexpected ways. "No Thank You Mr. West," and the album-closing "High Noon," are the best examples; the latter tune providing a platform for Endsley and Wendel to blow, and the former giving the band a chance to revel in a hellish rhythmic rave of its own creation. While plenty of groups try this type of music, Kneebody does it better.

Track Listing: Teddy Ruxpin; Held; The Entrepreneur; No Thank You Mr. West; You Have One Unheard Message; The Blind; You Can Have Your Moment; Desperation Station; Nerd Mountain; Call; Unforseen Influences; High Noon.

Personnel: Adam Benjamin: Fender Rhodes, effects; Ben Wendel: saxophone, melodica, effects; Shane Endsley: trumpet, effects; Kaveh Rastegar: electric bass, effects; Nate Wood: drums.

Title: You Can Have Your Moment | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Winter & Winter

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

In Pictures
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Anti-Hero

Anti-Hero

Motema Music
2017

buy
Kneedelus

Kneedelus

Brainfeeder
2015

buy
The Line

The Line

Concord Music Group
2013

buy
You Can Have Your Moment

You Can Have Your...

Winter & Winter
2010

buy
Low Electrical Worker

Low Electrical Worker

Colortone Media
2008

buy
Low Electrical Worker

Low Electrical Worker

Colortone Media
2007

buy

Related Articles

Read Freedom Of Speech CD/LP/Track Review
Freedom Of Speech
by Chris May
Published: April 27, 2018
Read Say It CD/LP/Track Review
Say It
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: April 27, 2018
Read Absence CD/LP/Track Review
Absence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: April 27, 2018
Read Permission CD/LP/Track Review
Permission
by Chris Mosey
Published: April 27, 2018
Read The Best of the Grateful Dead Live CD/LP/Track Review
The Best of the Grateful Dead Live
by Doug Collette
Published: April 27, 2018
Read Der Dichter Spricht CD/LP/Track Review
Der Dichter Spricht
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 26, 2018
Read "While We Still Have Bodies" CD/LP/Track Review While We Still Have Bodies
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "It Only Takes Time" CD/LP/Track Review It Only Takes Time
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 26, 2018
Read "Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen)" CD/LP/Track Review Uniting Beats (Ritmos Que Unen)
by Barry Witherden
Published: February 17, 2018
Read "Unlimited" CD/LP/Track Review Unlimited
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 3, 2017
Read "Mandala" CD/LP/Track Review Mandala
by Samuel Stroup
Published: December 20, 2017
Read "...don't buy him a parrot..." CD/LP/Track Review ...don't buy him a parrot...
by John Sharpe
Published: January 29, 2018