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The Claudia Quintet: Royal Toast

Read "Royal Toast" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ora possiamo dirlo: il Claudia Quintet si è fatto “maniera". Il processo di cristallizzazione abbozzato su Semi-Formal e For, con Royal Toast è giunto a perfetto compimento. Gli orizzonti del possibile sono azzerati. Le attese e la curiosità dell'ascoltatore soffocate in un gioco sterile di autocompiacimento estetizzato. Le “forme" hanno preso definitivamente il sopravvento, sono diventate fine e mezzo di una ...

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The Claudia Quintet: Royal Toast

Read "Royal Toast" reviewed by David Adler

With one exception, drummer John Hollenbeck hasn't taken prominent front-cover credit on releases by The Claudia Quintet. This holds true for Royal Toast, the band's extraordinary fifth album. The decision makes sense, for Hollenbeck's labyrinthine compositions get much of their subtlety and force from the individual players that have defined the group's identity from the start. ...

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The Claudia Quintet with Gary Versace: Royal Toast

Read "Royal Toast" reviewed by Troy Collins

The humorously titled Royal Toast is the fifth album from the Claudia Quintet, percussionist and composer John Hollenbeck's longstanding five-piece that is--in the eternal words of Duke Ellington--a band “beyond category." Eradicating the tenuous boundary lines between idioms, Hollenbeck and company draw on ethnic traditions, free jazz, contemporary composition and progressive rock in their multifaceted explorations.