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Claudia Quintet, The / Semi-Formal
Album:Semi-Formal Collection:Jazz
Artist:Claudia Quintet, The Added:10/2005
Label:Cuneiform Records 

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Add Date:2005-10-09 Pull Date:2005-12-11 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:11 Dec27 Nov20 Nov13 Nov30 Oct23 Oct16 Oct
Airplays:1111123

 Recent Airplay
1.May 05, 2006:Rock in a Position (extra klezmer edition)
Two Teachers
4.Nov 18, 2005:Memory Select
Guarana
2.Dec 09, 2005:Memory Select
Susan
5.Nov 10, 2005:Flow
Kord
3.Nov 25, 2005:No Cover, No Minimum
Drewslate
6.Oct 28, 2005:Memory Select
They Point ... Glance ... Whisper ... Then Snicker

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-10-08 
Pleasant, artsy chamber jazz led by crystalline vibes and shimmering accordion. Nice stuff with a soft feel and touches of "computer-age" minimalism. I always picture these guys playing in a white-walled modern-art museum gallery. The fast tracks are crisp and exciting, and the biggest attention-getters, but don't ignore the slow ones like #13, which get into interesting ambient/drone territiory (try 7 or 10 for a dose of both sides).

1- Proggy, with insistent bouncy beat. Slow start
2- Popping, mid/fast "world" feel. Funny phone message intro
3- Long chords. Mimimal.
4- Fast: crisp drums, crazy solos. A highlight.
5- Slow small exercise for piano
6- Slow, calm
7- Upbeat with really cool accordion solo. Starts languid
8- Careful notes with oozing background
9- Placid, gentle. Faster, mysterious beat emerges near the end
10- Fast (long slow intro)
11- Scattery slow piano and groany horn sounds
12- A thick jazzy tumble, mid/fast riff at its core.
13- Friendly slow shimmer

Track Listing
1.Major Nelson 7.Two Teachers
2.Drewslate 8.Growth
3.Kord 9.Limp Mint
4.They Point ... Glance ... Whisper ... Then Snicker 10.Guarana
5.Bindi Binder 11.Where's My Mint? (Mint = President)
6.Susan 12.Boy With A Bag And His Guardian Elephant
 13.Minor Nelson