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The Claudia Quintet Semi-Formal Review

Album. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

Third album from NY post rock minimalist jazzers led by drummer John Hollenbeck.

Peter Marsh 2005

This is the third album from New York drummer John Hollenbeck's eclectic (ahem) post-jazz outfit. Mixing minimalistavant-rock, fiery improvisation and razor sharp writing, these boys manage to reference everything from the metric trickery of Dave Holland("Drewslate") to the glowing ambience of The Necks ("Kord"), but they don't really sound like anyone but themselves.

Anchored by Hollenbeck's considerable percussive skills and the warm precision of Drew Gress's bass, vibes and accordionweave glowingchords and dense thickets of melody. Chris Speed's tenor and clarinet solos give welcome grit where it's needed. Though Hollenbeck's music is undoubtedly clever stuff (try tapping your feet to it without getting cramp), it's played with enough heart to make it lovable rather than just admirable. Brilliant.

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