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The Claudia Quintet: Semi-Formal

Read "Semi-Formal" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Memori della gustosa prova precedente, è con ghiotte e baldanzose aspettative che inseriamo nel lettore l’ultimo album del Claudia Quintet. Purtroppo, varcato il primo promettente squarcio, il gusto si guasta un poco e subentra l'amarezza per l'aver osato sperare troppo. Là dove I, Claudia era una precisa sincera originale affermazione d'identità, Semi-Formal raffredda gli entusiasmi e irrigidisce le fibre, rettificando gli angoli ...

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The Claudia Quintet: Semi-Formal

Read "Semi-Formal" reviewed by Judith Insell

To paraphrase the great Bill Evans, “jazz is not so much a style, but a process of making music. John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet is deeply immersed in this process. Semi-Formal is an interesting synergy of improvisation, Steve Reich-like minimalism and changing moods effected by varying grooves: techno rave drums, pseudo and authentic hip-hop, and polyrhythmic patterns. ...

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The Claudia Quintet: Semi-Formal

Read "Semi-Formal" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Painter Georges Seurat, the inventor of pointillism, believed that small, discrete units of color could be effectively juxtaposed to interact in complex yet clarifying ways. John Hollenbeck, drummer and maestromind behind the Claudia Quintet's third release, Semi-Formal, seems to employ a similar modus operandi in his innovative compositional techniques. Writing for a quintet of sonically similar ...

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The Claudia Quintet: Semi-Formal

Read "Semi-Formal" reviewed by John Kelman

For the Claudia Quintet's third outing, the group expands on the vocabulary of I, Claudia and each member adds new instruments to his respective arsenal. The logical progression of Semi-Formal continues to explore the meeting point of through-composition, exploratory improvisation, and textural soundscapes that the group has been exploring since its 2002 self-titled debut, but with ...