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Kneebody | Chapters

Do Not Ignore This! This is the highly inventive, original and compelling new album from explosive US quartet Kneebody. The music is adventurous, exuberant and powerful: music for a new generation, music that will inspire and excite, coming from a band with a committed and distinctive sound. From the off, it commands your attention and surprises at every turn. Kneebody are a band with a long history, a deep mutual respect and a dedicated fanbase, yet this album marks a new beginning – a new line-up, a new label, and renewed focus. The album is Chapters, an all-encompassing and powerhouse album that mixes deep grooves and deft melodies with a wide range of guests including Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Michael Mayo and Josh Dion. Chapters is a modern day great!

Worldwide Release: 18th October 2019
Format: 2LP | CD | Digital
CD Cat #: EDN1137
CD Barcode: 5060509790791
LP CD #: EDNLP1137
LP Barcode: 5060509790807

Ben Wendel: saxophone, effects
Shane Endsley: trumpet, effects
Adam Benjamin: keyboards
Nate Wood: drums, drums and bass together (tracks 1, 7 & 9)

Michael Mayo: Vocals (track 2)
Becca Stevens: Vocals (track 4)
Josh Dion: Vocals, Synth Bass, Drums (track 6)
Gerald Clayton: Piano (track 8)
Gretchen Parlato: Vocals (track 9)
Kaveh Rastegar: Bass (tracks 2-6 and 8)

Track Listing

1. Spectra (Shane Endsley)
2. What’s My Name feat. Michael Mayo (Michael Mayo)
3. A Seaworthy Native (Ben Wendel)
4. Wounds Let in the Light feat. Becca Stevens
(Becca Stevens, Ben Wendel)
5. Chapters (Shane Endsley)
6. Hearts Won’t Break feat. Josh Dion (Josh Dion, Ben Wendel, Kaveh Rastegar)
7. Ombré (Adam Benjamin)
8. The Trip feat. Gerald Clayton (Shane Endsley)
9. When It All Comes Down feat. Gretchen Parlato (Gretchen Parlato, Ben Wendel)
10.The Non-Profit Prince of Lexington (Adam Benjamin)

Tour Dates


September 28 / Jalisco Jazz Fest / Guadalajara, MX
October 3 – 5 / Blue Whale / Los Angeles, CA
October 6 / The Art Boutiki / San Jose, CA
October 8 / Frankies Jazz Club / Vancouver, BC
October 9 / Earshot Jazz Festival / Seattle, WA
October 10 / The Jack London Revue / Portland, OR
October 24 / The Ardmore / Ardmore, PA (TBC)
October 25 / BRIC JazzFest / Brooklyn, NY


11/8 – Macon, FR – Le Crescent Jazz Club
11/9 – Fribourg, CH – La Spirale
11/12 – Paris, FR – Duc Des Lombards
11/13 – Paris, FR – Duc Des Lombards
11/14 – Munchen, DE – Jazzclub Unterfahrt
11/15 – Berlin, DE – Zig Zag Jazz Club
11/17 – Freiburg, DE – Jazzhaus Freiburg

About Chapters

Kneebody do not stand still. Always searching, always committed. Intent on discovering new pathways of musical expression. Never complacent and never predictable. Kneebody are one of the most adventurous and exciting bands of their generation for their sheer virtuosity and musicianship, armed with a clarity of vision and understanding of who their audiences are. Chapters, their 9th studio album and their first full album since they became a four piece with the extraordinary Nate Wood taking the dual role of drummer and bassist on three tracks (and bringing in the astonishing Kaveh Rastegar for the rest of the album), is highly original, explosive and inventive. A powerhouse of firepower and virtuosity told with commanding musical intent.

Held together with their trademark sound of displaced beats, infectious riffs and haunting unison horns blended with compelling affected solos, a musical confidence and a sublime musical language, Chapters is one of their most spirited and accomplished albums to date. An album of originals featuring a stellar array of guests including Michael Mayo, Gretchen Parlato, Josh Dion and Becca Stevens, it has the potential to become a modern day great! With an explosive vitality and exuberance, and, at the flick of a switch, the ability to switch from a wall of monstrous improvisations to a sound of nuanced sweetness, Chapters epitomises Kneebody’s reason for being.

Referring to the title and its meaning, trumpeter Shane Endsley continues: ‘The title references the episodic nature of life and the way our personal stories begin to form a narrative as we accumulate more time on the planet. Kneebody feels like a family. We came together as young people and have spent all these years growing together. We have our personal chapters and we have our chapters as a band and they all intertwine. Sometimes we have to look back to realize what a given chapter was about and sometimes it can be noted in the present. At this time, Kneebody is clearly entering a new period and this album illustrates the passage. We have the original quintet, the new quartet, and we have the arrival of these wonderful guests. From here, we begin the next chapter of our story.’

As with all Kneebody projects Chapters is performed in a spirit of deep respect for the individual musical talents of all. A band of 15+  years with the excitement and energy of one starting out, instantly recognisable, Kneebody performs the feat of creating music that’s both musicians’ music and music for the people. They have the ability to create the feeling of a rock band with the subtle language of jazz. This music is up there with the most engaging bands on the circuit – edginess, intensity and massive energy, tempered by respect and spirit accented by superb musicianship and virtuosity.

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