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John Hollenbeck's NY jazz quintet with Chris Speed, Matt Moran, Drew Gress & Matt Michell, in compositions with vocalists Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann performing the work of American poet Kenneth Patchen.

Claudia Quintet + 1, The
What Is The Beautiful? (Featuring Kurt Elling And Theo Bleckmann)

Claudia Quintet + 1, The: What Is The Beautiful? (Featuring Kurt Elling And Theo Bleckmann) (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"For their sixth album, What Is the Beautiful?, The Claudia Quintet brings together the acclaimed compositional approach of leader John Hollenbeck with two of the most important male singers in improvised music, Kurt Elling and Theo Bleckmann. Elling and Bleckmann recite and sing the poems of avant-garde/proto-beat American poet, Kenneth Patchen, an innovator in his time.

"Claudia with vocals?" Yes, Claudia with vocals, and it will probably not surprise anyone who has followed this much-loved, one-of-a-kind ensemble that that it still sounds completely like Claudia...but different! Kurt Elling, probably the most popular male jazz vocalist today, brings to these words - words which are, by turns, funny or poignant or thought-provoking - a hipster swagger somewhere between Ken Nordine and Tom Waits. Theo Bleckmann is, as always, Theo Bleckmann; one of the truly singular and distinctive singers in jazz today. Having both vocalists on board, with their radically different styles, was a brilliant move and gives What is the Beautiful? an tremendously wide sweep.

Formed by composer / drummer / arranger John Hollenbeck in 1997, this NYC ensemble's sound explores the edge without alienating the mainstream, proving that genre-defying music can be for everyone. Over the past decade, the group has released CDs that are critically acclaimed world wide and whose appeal extends well beyond, as well as including traditional jazz audiences. The Claudia Quintet has amazed audiences from Alabama to the Amazon. Their unique sound has inspired dancing hippie girls at a New Mexico noise festival, the avant-garde cognoscenti in the concert halls of Vienna and Sao Paolo, and a generation of young musicians worldwide. In the course of the thousands of miles they have traveled together and hundreds of concerts they've played, the Claudia Quintet has evolved and grown, developing a dynamic live sound based on trust and spontaneity. They bring this powerful energy into the studio, where they record the old-fashioned way, live, playing as a band."-Cuneiform

20 page booklet with text and color photos

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20 page booklet with text and color photos

UPC: 045775032726

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 327
Squidco Product Code: 15829

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Brooklyn Recording on May 6th & 21st, 2011 and June 27th, 2011 by Andy Taub.


John Hollenbeck-drums, percussion, keyboard

Ted Reichman-accordion

Chris Speed-clarinet, tenor saxophone

Matt Moran-vibraphone

Drew Gress-acoustic bass

Matt Mitchell-piano

Kurt Elling-voice

Theo Bleckmann-voice

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Track Listing:

1. Showtime/23rd Street Runs Into Heaven 9:12

2. The Snow Is Deep On The Ground 7:56

3. Mates For Life 7:59

4. Job 3:29

5. Do Me That Love 5:32

6. Flock 4:00

7. What Is The Beautiful 7:04

8. Beautiful You Are 3:54

9. Peace Of Green 2:06

10. The Bloodhounds 4:51

11. Limpidity Of Silences 4:57

12. Opening The Window 5:18