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Daedelus and Members of Kneebody Discuss Their Bond, Before a Winter Jazzfest Marathon

New York City’s Winter JazzFest stretches to Brooklyn for the first time this year — arguably offering its best punch of innovative programming, with artists like Kneebody and Daedelus both performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg as a part of tomorrow’s marathon.

Back in 2016, The Checkout had the chance to feature Alfred Darlington (Daedelus) and Ben Wendel and Kaveh Rastegar (Kneebody) about their musical merging on Kneedelus, a milestone recording on Brainfeeder.

In many ways, that album foreshadowed the near future of jazz, in the ways that a standard instrumental combo can interact with modern sampling technology in an improvisational setting. As Daedelus points out:

You think about jazz, and it has this history of innovation and pushing forward with ideas and concepts and melodic motion and all of this stuff, it also has a lot of headwind against it too. When the electric guitar was integrated many decades ago, many people thought it was the beginning of the end. Integration is already happening in a lot of different genres, and I think we are at the birth now of a new mutant thing that will have a different name soon enough, because you say jazz and you think Jelly Roll Morton and Miles Davis and that’s unfair to what’s going on now maybe.

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For more than 15 years, Simon Rentner has worked as a host, producer, broadcaster, web journalist, and music presenter in New York City. His career gives him the opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of topics including, history, culture, and, most importantly, his true passion of music from faraway places such as Europe, South America, and Africa.