The Basquiat Strings, set up by Ben Davis, is a flexible string group which specialises in modern jazz and related music. The group has been involved in the recording projects of Juliet Roberts, The Harper Project, MC Ty, Julia Biel and Border Crossing. On this recording they team up with the amazing Seb Rochford.
Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford
is the debut album from a five-man group set up by cellist Ben Davis and BBC Jazz Award winner Seb Rochford. Though the band have been playing together for some time, a recorded project has been a long time coming, though luckily its worth the wait. Both Davis and Rochford are classically trained, but draw on non-classical compositional styles such as jazz and freeform music. Featuring a slew of original tunes plus several re-interpretations, Basquiat Strings moves slickly through a host of different sounds, from the angular "Double Dares" and the driving "Junk," - both fine examples of both the bands immaculate playing and Davis superb writing skills. The covers here are equally penetrative: Wayne Shorters "Infant Eyes," Zawinuls "In a Silent Way" and Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" emerge as virtually new tracks, scattered and embellished with not just jazz and classical references but also folk elements from Macedonia and Hungary. Not one for the jazz or classical purists perhaps, but Basquiat Strings will provide oodles of stimulation for just about everyone else. --Paul Sullivan