An amazing New York band led by drummer John Hollenback in their 7th album after 15 years, with Drew Gress on bass, Matt Moran on vibraphone, Ted Reichman on accordion, and Chris Speed on reeds plus Philadelphia pianist Matt Mitchell.
Claudia Quintet, The
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"Drummer-percussionist and three-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, one of the most distinctive and respected composers in jazz and new music, has created an estimable body of work since the late '90s with his Claudia Quintet. Hailed by Nate Chinen of the New York Times for their "clockwork intricacy and crisp premeditation ... [striking an] accord between the factions of progressive jazz, classical Minimalism and low-glare experimental rock," the Claudia Quintet tackles Hollenbeck's highly demanding works with a wry improvising spirit and a backbone of surging, mesmerizing rhythm.
Following up earlier celebrated albums including What Is the Beautiful?, Royal Toast, FOR, Semi-Formal, and I, Claudia - all on Cuneiform Records - and a self-titled debut on Blueshift CRI, the Claudia Quintet returns with September, its newest Cuneiform release. In the lineup are two newer players: accordionist Red Wierenga, like Hollenbeck an alum of the Eastman School of Music; and (on four tracks) bassist Chris Tordini, a frequent sub for Claudia's original bassist Drew Gress. Hugely in-demand as a sideman and an inspired bandleader in his own right, Gress appears on six of the 10 tracks that make up September.
Clarinetist/tenor saxophonist Chris Speed and vibraphonist Matt Moran, both Claudia members from the start, play with stirring virtuosity and give Hollenbeck's writing a sonorous warmth, balancing its more technical and rocking side. Unorthodox textures, fragmented beats and "bright tones filled with folky allusions and plaintive undercurrents" (Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe) continue to define the Claudia Quintet's unclassifiable output.
The new album, September, pays homage to a time of year when Hollenbeck seeks the isolation and creative focus of artist residencies. In the last dozen years - often in September - he's spent invaluable time at retreats in places as far afield as Italy, New Mexico and upstate New York. Writes Hollenbeck in the liner notes: "September is a wonderful month and, for me, the equivalent of Thursday, my favorite day of the week which I celebrated in song on the first Claudia Quintet CD!""-Cuneifrom
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Recorded in Brooklyn, New York on April 22nd, 2013 by Andy Taub.
john Hollenbeck-drums, percussion
Chris Speed-clarinet, tenor saxophone
Drew Gress-acoustic bass
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1. September 20th Soterius Lakshmi 2:35
2. September 9th Wayne Phases 10:37
3. September 25th Somber Blanket 6:27
4. September 29th, 1936 "Me Warn You" 10:27
5. September 22nd Love Is Its Own Eternity 4:48
6. September 18th Lemons 10:36
7. September 17th Loop Piece 6:54
8. September 24th Interval Dig 6:25
9. September 16th Mystic Klang 2:48
10. September 12th Coping Song 5:43