The Claudia Quintet utilize unusual rhythmic patterns, creative repetitions, and such instruments as accordion, vibes, and clarinet to create a dramatic set of music. As much a soundtrack for a nonexistent movie as it is a jazz set, the music on Semi-Formal is quite cinematic, moody, and thoroughly intriguing. Although some of the individual pieces could stand alone, this is very much a 13-song suite, with one selection leading logically if unpredictably to another. In a similar way, the individual musicians, although impressive by themselves, are most important being part of the group sound, adding to the wide variety of tonal colors. Semi-Formal, which will take time to fully appreciate, is well worthy of several listens.
Performance CreditsClaudia Quintet Primary Artist
Drew Gress Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
John Hollenbeck Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Chris Speed Clarinet,Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Casio
Ted Reichman Acoustic Guitar,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Matt Moran Baritone Horn,Keyboards,Vibes
Technical CreditsJohn Hollenbeck Composer,Producer,Contributor