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Claudia never lets me down

The Claudia Quintet never lets me down. The addition of Gary Versace on piano is a great touch that adds yet another element of "newness" to the groups' already groundbreaking sound.

Mostly Royal, ocassionally Toast. A complete and moving album

The Claudia Quintet is stacked with talent, and here Hollenbeck brings on Versace on piano (no, not the dead fashion guy) ---and a host of other fantastic players. The result is a sonic tour for the lucky listener a through incredibly rhythmic, intricate layer of sound, led by percussionist (half minimalist?) Hollenbeck. There are also a few quieter, moody chamber pieces in the mix. Enjoy!


Genre: Jazz

Explorers of modern creative jazz, avant jazz, and a great deal more, the Claudia Quintet were formed in 1997 by drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, who was less than eager to give up an existing weekly gig at, an Internet café in New York City's East Village. Hollenbeck, accordionist Ted Reichman, and bassist Reuben Radding, performing as the Refuseniks, had the gig for about a year, but Radding abandoned ship to move to Montana -- so, nix on the Refuseniks. Rather than bid adieu to,...
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