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Empirical
25 Aug 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Aug 2013
  • Label: Naim Jazz
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Naim Audio Ltd. Under exclusive license from Empirical.
  • Total Length: 1:41:20
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  • ASIN: B00EDZQD90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,316 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2013
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In the CD liner notes and a recent Jazzwise interview, the band explained why they called themselves "Empirical" and what they mean by it : "To gather information through experimentation and observation". So here we have their latest experiment - a collaboration with the Benyounes Quartet, a new string quartet the band met during a tenure as Golubovich Jazz Scholars at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

The album is made up of original compositions from the band and the strings are mostly involved with the composed parts and don't get so involved in the improvising - which is left to the core quartet of alto sax, vibes, bass and drums. The string quartet tend to play together, acting as one new facet to the sound - rather than playing individually - but there are times when more than one line is heard - to create harmonies or like classical counterpoint or fugue.

At some points, when vibes or sax join the harmony created by the strings - the whole effect then is of a much larger ensemble. But there are some tracks when you just hear the core band and it's almost disappointing - you wait to hear the colour the strings impart to proceedings.

There are many interesting compositions here and the collaboration seems to have sparked different styles of music from the band. I particularly liked the way vibes worked with the strings in repeating arpeggios, echoing minimalist music - while at other times the strings alone, sound closer to the sound world of Olivier Messiaen. When the bass and drums are to the fore - it reminds me more of Dave Holland's quintets, which include vibes.
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