I have been a fan of the woodwind quintet for many years. One reason is I like how each instrument in the ensemble -- flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon -- has an individual tone color; however, they blend together beautifully as a collective. With this perspective of a woodwind quintet, I used it as a role model when I developed my concepts for mid-size jazz ensemble.
My vision for a woodwind quintet is to use it as a horn section in a mid-size jazz ensemble along with a featured soloist and rhythm section. While my scores are written for flexible instrumentation, to enable the music to be played by many combinations of instruments (including saxophones and brass), I often hear a woodwind quintet in my mind as I am working on a new piece.
My article on Mid-Size Ensemble has more about my concepts for this kind of an ensemble. The page also has several recordings as a sample of the music.
If the members of a woodwind quintet would like to explore these ideas, please write to me from the Contact page.