The Claudettes produce some of the most startling music you are going to hear and they are a two person band, and those two people play just two instruments, piano and drums. They play a music that starts with Blues, but has Jazz intonations, going off into some electronica, and played with a raw punk energy that is reminiscent of The Ramones at their frenetic best. The two people are Johnny Iguana, piano, and Michael Caskey, drums. Just look at the packaging on this disc and that alone will forewarn you that you are in for a wild ride; and the title is: Infernal Piano Plot…Hatched! and then look at the grainy fuzzy photos. Yet do not think they don't have schooling, and they are just unruly wild-men. They have played with the likes of Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Chuck Mangione, and Koko Taylor; that is a pretty impressive roster of band leaders, and they cover a diversity, of music; blues, jazz, and soul.
This band takes its name from the club owner where they were hired as the house band, and who showcased them at other venues as well as bizarre spots like Staples Office stores and Blockbuster Video! Are those places for a band to play, and then a band as unconventional, wacky, eccentric (take your pick of the one you like) as this one? Make no mistake these guys play and they play their instruments well. When the piano takes the lead it sets up the pace and groove and it is played with a precision that is what drives the music. The drums are always right there forcing the pace and driving the action. It is a beautifully balanced harmony of two, no matter that they seem like two madmen; and maybe they are, but they are two madmen in beautiful tight rhythm.
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