Dr. "Buzz" Frenzy (Matthew J Hesse)
I love the fresh sounds of this ensemble. Catchy but quirky, challenging but accessible. I heard reminiscences of Frisell and Zorn, a touch of Bley... and "Everywhere from There to There" sounded almost immediately like a lost Joe Jackson track, cleverly remixed. Kudos on a thoroughly engaging and entertaining listen! Would love to hear more from this collective!
Favorite track: Everywhere From There to There.
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The self-titled debut from the GRAMMY-nominated ensemble Kneebody meshes the improvisational skill of modern jazz with the swagger of hip hop and the conviction of rock. The result is an organic, original instrumental music that is adventurous and grooving. The band’s five members bring lessons learned from their experiences backing artists such as Ani DiFranco, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Daedelus, Phil Woods, Steve Coleman, Chaka Kahn, David Murray and Ravi Coltrane to this project.
released March 25, 2005
Ben Wendel, tenor saxophones (soprano, alto, flute and bassoon on track 9)
Shane Endsley, trumpet, pedals
Adam Benjamin, fender rhodes, piano, wurlitzer, pedals, (melodica on track 11)
Kaveh Rastegar, electric bass, pedals
Nate Wood, drums, percussion (guitar, pedals on track 11)
Davey Chegwidden, percussion on tracks 1 and 9
Produced by Kneebody
Mixed by Nate Wood and Kneebody
Mastered by Joe Gastwirt
Engineered by Nate Wood, except tracks 1 and 9 by Kevin Brennan
Cover art and album design by Chris Eichenseer at Some Odd Pilot
Illustrations and text by Kaveh Rastegar
Tracks 3, 4, 7, 10, 12 recorded at No Big Whoop Studio in Highland Park, CA
Tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 11 recorded at Benaji Studios in Laguna Beach, CA
Tracks 1 and 9 recorded at f.Boo Music Studios in Burbank, CA
All compositions by Kneebody
Copyright 2005 - No Big Whoop Music (ASCAP), Endsleymusic (ASCAP), Rastegar Music (ASCAP), Wendel Music (ASCAP)
Jimmy easily would have fit in with this outfit, and it would have been a joy to listen to for another reason. These musicians are engaged and perform at the top of their game, every piece. Kenneth Pyron