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John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet Meditates on September
For many of us, September brings with it the crush of the academic year and the press of autumn's hyper-productive stretch, the lead-up to the holiday season. It's the busiest time of the year. We become like frantic squirrels scurrying to gather nuts in preparation for the cold months. Jazz composer, drummer and bandleader John Hollenbeck has managed to turn September into a time of introspection. Last week Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet released its album, titled September. Hollenback wrote the bulk of the material last September while spending time at an artists' colony. He spoke with the Advocate last week from Wyoming, at the tail end of a similar retreat, in advance of the Claudia Quintet's tour, which brings them to New Haven.
By John Adamian
October 1, 2013