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4.00 | 3 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Major Nelson (3:37)
2. Drewslate (7:34)
3. Kord (3:10)
4. They Point...Glance...Whisper...Then Snicker... (9:32)
5. Bindi Binder (1:43)
6. Susan (5:25)
7. Two Teachers (6:07)
8. Growth (2:22)
9. Limp Mint (7:52)
10. Guarana (8:13)
11. Where's My Mint (Mint=President) (2:55)
12. Boy with a Bag and His Guardian Elephant (2:44)
13. Minor Nelson (3:46)

Total Time 65:00

Line-up / Musicians

- John Hollenbeck / drums & percussion, piano, keyboards, fan
- Drew Gress / acoustic bass, pedal steel guitar, electric guitar
- Matt Moran / vibraphone, keyboards, baritone horn
- Ted Reichman / accordion, acoustic/electric guitar, keyboards
- Chris Speed / clarinet, tenor saxophone, piano, Casio SK-1

Releases information

Cuneiform Records Rune 217

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THE CLAUDIA QUINTET Semi-Formal ratings distribution

(3 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by fuxi
4 stars What a splendid album. If the line-up appeals to you, trust me: the musique is as bubbly and inventive as you'd hope for. The main instruments used are: drums and percussion, vibraphone, keyboards (mainly organ and pianos, both acoustic and electric), clarinet, accordion and double bass. (You will also get to hear some tenor sax, various guitars and even an electric fan.)

How to describe the contents? For those approaching this from a rock angle, perhaps the easiest comparison will be Gong at the time of SHAMAHL (without those awful vocals, of course) or with Hatfield and the North at their mellowest: chamber jazz, Canterbury style. For listeners who are deeply into actual jazz: this music often reminded me of the collaborations between Don Byron (clarinet), Bryan Carrott (vibes) and Ralph Peterson, although it's more "classical" in mood, and less frantic. There are also some distinct echos of Weather Report at their most infectious. Finally, I also recognised the influence of European salon music (mainly due to the presence of an old-fashioned accordion) and (occasionally) of Steve Reich style minimalism.

Of course a mere list of influences won't capture the spirit of an album, so let me add that The Claudia Quintet seem to have absorbed many different styles effortlessly, turning them into a joyous 65-minute whole which is always highly inventive and sometimes delightfully surprising. I can't wait to find out more about these guys!

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