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The Claudia Quintet: Super Petite

The title Super Petite refers to the compositions drummer John Hollenbeck penned for the Claudia Quintet’s eighth album. Bucking the trend toward longer and larger works of music and literature, nearly all of them are timed at six minutes or less. The Quintet’s instrumentation of accordion (Red Wierenga), vibraphone (Matt Moran), clarinet/tenor saxophone (Chris Speed), … Read More “The Claudia Quintet: Super Petite”

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The Claudia Quintet: September

John Hollenbeck has fashioned his share of attention-grabbing tunes, but few as compelling as “September 29th, 1936: Me Warn You,” a highlight of the Claudia Quintet’s shiveringly good new album. A mash-up of reflective music and sonically sliced and diced excerpts from a Franklin D. Roosevelt speech, it basks in the president’s sarcasm in blowing … Read More “The Claudia Quintet: September”

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