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.