Empirical: Elements Of Truth

~ Monday, 21 November 2011
The wonderful Naim label releases some great artists, Phantom Limb and Stuart McCallum to name but two. They have a diverse and eclectic roster of artists with Empirical being one of their most experimental. Empirical play jazz. Some of it is improvisational, some structured, some of it uncomfortable and some inspirational.

There is nothing traditional here as the guys take their cue from the likes of Charlie Parker and Courtney Pine. Indeed, their first album was produced by Pine.
I'll be the first to admit that I like my jazz more Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke than the musings of Dizzy Gillespie and co, so at time I did find this record hard work. There is no doubting the skill that these guys possess, both as musicians and composers but the unstructured nature of the music was hard to listen to. I know that this is meant to be that way and as a musician myself I have great admiration for the dexterity and skill required to make such music but... I just can't relate to it.

It would be unfair for me to review this record as I just can't be objective about it. I simply don't get it.


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