A quintet is a group containing five members. It is commonly associated with musical groups, such as a string quintet, or a group of five singers, but can be applied to any situation where five similar or related objects are considered a single unit. In classical instrumental music, any additional instrument (such as a piano, clarinet, oboe, etc.) joined to the usual string quartet (two violins, a viola, and a cello), gives the resulting ensemble its name, such as "piano quintet", "clarinet quintet", etc. A piece of music written for such a group is similarly named.

In jazz music, a quintet is group of five players, usually consisting of two of any of the following instruments, guitar, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, flute or trombone in addition to traditional jazz trio – piano, double bass, drums.

In some modern bands there are quintets formed from the same family of instruments with various voices, as an all-brass ensemble, or all saxophones, in soprano, alto, baritone, and bass, and sometimes double bass. The standard woodwind quintet, for example, consists of one player each on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn, while the standard brass quintet has two trumpets, French horn, trombone, and tuba or bass trombone. Any combination, however, is possible.

Many rock, pop, and metal bands are made up of five people, normally consisting of two guitarists, a bassist, a drummer, and a lead vocalist. This is normally considered to the maximum size of most bands. However, several bands like Linkin Park, Slipknot, Guns N' Roses, and DragonForce have more than 5 band members. Having more than five members is mostly uncommon in rock and pop music.

It is becoming increasingly common in a cappella and barbershop music circles to use the fifth voice as vocal percussionist, with the remainder being a traditional SATB (soprano alto tenor bass) quartet, or perhaps SSAA or TTBB.

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Notable Quintets - Jazz
... 'The Greatest Concert Ever.' Jazz quintet ... Miles Davis' First and Second 'great' Quintets The First Great Quintet (1955–1958) Miles Davis, trumpet John Coltrane, tenor saxophone Red Garland, piano Paul Chambers, bass Philly Joe ... The Second Great Quintet (1964–1968) Miles Davis, trumpet Wayne Shorter, tenor saxophone Herbie Hancock, piano Ron Carter, bass Tony Williams, drums ...
Boccherini Quintet
... The Boccherini Quintet (Quintetto Boccherini) was a string quintet founded in Rome in 1949 when two of its original members, Arturo Bonucci and Pina Carmirelli, discovered and bought, in Paris, a complete collection ... violist Luigi Sagrati became the main organizer of the quintet's recording and performing activities until the mid-nineties, when he had to quit public ... The quintet has recorded many LPs in Italy and abroad, mainly of music by Luigi Boccherini but also string quintets by Antonio Bazzini, Franz Schubert and Luigi Cherubini ...
List Of Compositions By Eric Ewazen - Chamber Music - Woodwinds - Woodwind Quintet
... Roaring Fork Quintet for Wind Instruments Cascadian Concerto Woodwind Quintet with Piano, (2003) Original version with orchestra ...
Stella Quintet
... Stella Quintet (ステラ・クインテット, Sutera Kuintetto?) is a group formed from the five main male characters in Kin’iro no Corda ~primo ... passo~, the group is now known as stella quintet+ ...
Sonny Rollins Plus 4 - History
... ("Pent-Up House" and "Valse Hot") while a sideman in the Max Roach/Clifford Brown Quintet ... when Rollins recorded with the same musicians that he played with in the Quintet ... Rollins had just joined the Quintet five months beforehand, replacing Harold Land, who had left New York to care for his sick wife in California ...