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Empirical’s smart post-bop musical style - coupled with its suited and booted sartorial sharpness - has drawn admiring notices on both sides of the Atlantic.
Widely described as the hippest of Britain’s young jazz bands, their self-titled debut recording, released on Courtney Pine’s label went on to be voted Jazzwise Album Of The Year and Mojo Jazz Album Of The Year. 2009's critically acclaimed Eric Dolphy inspired follow-up album for Naim Jazz took the talented twenty-somethings to new heights, winning a MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act in 2010.
Expertly incorporating elements of classical, African and Cuban musical forms into its original, sophisticated, fresh-sounding jazz, Empirical makes a point of not centring itself around a specific front line or leader; it is very much a complete band, each member contributing equally, adding their own facets to the overall sound.