Kneebody was formed in 2001 by Adam Benjamin (keyboards), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), Ben Wendel (saxophone) and Nate Wood (drums). They’ve won praise and made their name with a brilliant musical freedom, improvisational flair and rhythmic density, the group stands out from the pack for its powerhouse jazz sound spiked with ’60s free-bop,’70s jazz-rock, ’90s hip-hop and a touch of indie rock, citing such influences as Miles Davis, D’Angelo and Bill Frisell. Their M.O.: with no leader, each musician is free to set and alter the tempo and the tone. In 2005, they released a debut album on Greenleaf Music. Low Electrical Worker followed in 2007, hailed by Joshua Redman. In 2009, they were joined by Theo Bleckmann for 12 Songs of Charles Ives, nominated for a Grammy in the Classical crossover category. They followed with You Can Have Your Moment (2010) and The Line (2013).