Kneebody Live In the KNKX Studios

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Tuesday October 08, 2019


Kneebody gets comfortable in the KNKX studios

“All hands were on deck for this double-decker studio session. Portland’s Trio Subtonic would play the opening role both in the KNKX studios and at their Earshot Jazz Festival show at Nectar Lounge that night.

Earshot’s John Gilbreath walked in with custom espresso orders and pastries for each band member as they worked out their sound check. We set them up with the Wi-Fi code and bathroom keys as Trio Subtonic moved in for their session performance. Kneebody sax player Ben Wendel took advantage of the break to set up his aeropress coffee tour gear, complete with his own beans and hand grinder.

When their time came to play, Kneebody were fully charged to show off a few songs from their compelling new release. Though co-founding bassist Kaveh Rastegar plays on half the album, he left the group to focus on his own new project early this year. So, the band plays some bass lines on synths and electric keys, but those sounds mostly come from the left hand of drummer and bass player Nate Wood. “Something you don’t see everyday,” says Wendel.”

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