John Hollenbeck And The Claudia Quintet

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“A collaborative jazz/poetry affair that proves to be a piece of vital, living art.”—BBC

The GRAMMY-nominated percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck has gained recognition for breaking the standards of traditional jazz music. His approach to jazz relies more on creating an element of surprise rather than sticking to one structure. The best example of this is can be found in his Claudia Quintet, which he founded in 1997.

The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz from day one. Unlike in most jazz ensembles from which musicians come and go, Hollenbeck, as the group’s drummer, composer, and leader, always wanted Claudia to be a “band” with a sound not only determined by the compositions and the instrumentation but also by the actual players who perform the music. This concept is why Claudia has had an immediately identifiable sound since its inception. In that sound, the exceptional artistry and individuality of each musician is skillfully revealed throughout Hollenbeck’s original compositions.

Over the past decade, the group has released seven albums that are critically acclaimed worldwide and whose appeal extends well beyond, as well as includes, traditional jazz audiences. The band boasts unique instrumentation and a lineup composed of some of the finest exploratory instrumentalists in modern jazz. The group includes Drew Gress, bass (John Abercrombie, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane); Chris Tordini, a frequent fill-in on bass (Andy Milne, Steve Lehman, Becca Stevens); Matt Moran, vibraphone (Slavic Soul Party, Mat Maneri, Nate Wooley); Red Wierenga, accordion (Respect Sextet, Signal, Brad Lubman); and Chris Speed, clarinet and tenor saxophone (Uri Caine, Endangered Blood, Alas No Axis).

Artist's website: http://johnhollenbeck.com/photo/the-claudia-quintet/
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By: Musical Instrument Museum - MIM