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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: F-IRE
  • ASIN: B000N2G1US
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

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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 it’s 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 band’s immaculate playing and Davis’ superb writing skills. The ‘covers’ here are equally penetrative: Wayne Shorter’s "Infant Eyes," Zawinul’s "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

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Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon this album when my music software recommended this album to me a few months ago. I checked it out and instantly fell in love. As a big fan of strings and jazz, Basquiat Strings are a match made in music heaven. This disc contains so much stringy jazzy goodness it has been on hot-rotation on my iPod ever since. All tracks are fantastic, with some great arrangements of jazz classic. Ben Davis is a talented arranger and composer, not to mention a great cellist. It is heart-warming to hear a group of such talented people making great music.
I recommend this album to anyone whole appreciates good music. And try and catch them live at a venue near you, you won't regret it!
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This album is, as stated above, absolutely fantastic. The band step outside the form of modern pop jazz, such as katie melua, and other such bland acts, to become something far more interesting. An highly listenable album, every song is a new discovery, with each playthrough highlighting a different crescendo or moment where emotion swells to take hold. Strongly reccommended to the younger, into bands such as sufjan stevens and sigur ros, and the older, confirmed jazz/classical fans. In short, a must.
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Basquiet Strings meet Seb Rochford - the drummer with uk hybrid jazzers :acoustic ladyland and polar bear and famous for his outsized hair, here teams up with cellist and leader ben davis and his bright young thing string players in attempt at "jazz" meets strings collab.

the other amazon uk reviews have variously i feel got it wrong. as a huge fan of both jazz and 20th Century string quartet music i bought this for a song on amazon intrigued to see what this collaboration project sounded like. well to me the string quartet sound dominateds above all else despite the drummer + double bassist adding some rhythmic variety and momentum on 3 or 4 tracks. unfortunately this hybrid sound echoes for me a misguided attempt at a uk kronos quartet with eastern + 20th C string textures dominating over any "jazz" elements.

for a young uk ensemble - its brave, non-mmainstream music and an interesting attempt but ultimately a rather monochromatic ,string led cd ,where the loosely jazz covers here (a few only) really get lost amongst the often moody minor key string writing. a miss alas... if you want moody string music i recommend the rather more wide ranging Shostakovich, Britten and Ligeti. and for explosive jazz / drumming possibly late John Coltrane with Rashid Ali or Sunny Murray. Rochford, Davi and co. fail to ignite here. a brave attempt but a failed one all the same.
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Who would have thought that a string quintet, with a little subtle help from percuission can produce music of such driving energy and tight precision. This is a revelation - I wished I had played in a string group like this in my 20's! There's none of that sugar sweet sloppiness that can be associated with Jazz on string instruments, just pulsing intelligent inventiveness which holds you attention throughout. I look forward to the next one, in fact can I play violin on it please?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always Fresh 11 Sept. 2012
By Stuart Laughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I listen to this album nearly everyday -- have been doing so for nearly a year -- and it never gets old. The quirky time signatures, the dynamics: it's just such a great album. Took a few weeks of listening just to be able to hum along.
5.0 out of 5 stars Strings for a different point of view. 27 Mar. 2011
By Here in the Trench - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes I heard that french "surprised the world when they started to make jazz only with strings.
Guitar, fiddle & bass,brought hot jazz to a new form of jazz.
Well, here is a new experiment.
I never really know when they are falling into classical music.
But they make a nice a try on "In a Silent Way".
At least there is not more of the same.
I hope they will record a second Cd to know how this continue.
5.0 out of 5 stars Basquiat Strings is extremely cinematic 6 Sept. 2012
By Marcus McDougald - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best albums I have bought in the past few years. Extremely cinematic. Definitely worth having in the playlist.
Jean Michel would have listened to this group if they were around in his day. Full of raw energy. Brilliant.

M.:.M
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