Denys Baptiste

With the release of their 5th studio album this autumn, recorded in early 2015 following a week- long residency at Foyles Bookshop in London, Empirical show once again why they were dubbed by The Daily Telegraph as “the coolest of Britain’s young jazz bands.” Now come of age, they are considered one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed jazz outfits, known for producing forward looking, risk taking and creative music. Featuring Nathaniel Facey (saxophone), Lewis Wright (vibraphone), Tom Farmer (double bass) and Shaney Forbes (drums), they formed in 2007 as part of the Tomorrow’s Warriors scheme, and following the release of ‘Empirical’ (Destin-e), settled on the current line-up in 2008. Their in-depth tribute to Eric Dolphy, ‘Out ‘n’ In’ (Naim), led to a MOBO award in 2010 for Best Jazz Act and led to an international touring career which has showed no signs of slowing down. Their aim to expand on the traditions of Jazz sees them create music both timeless and totally now, inside and out.


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The coolest of Britain’s young jazz bandsDaily Telegraph

Empirical's skill and ingenuity keep on growingThe Guardian