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Basquiat Strings are a five piece string group with their own repertoire of originals (composed by cellist Ben Davis) and arrangements.

Ben finds inspiration from the raucous, driving Hungarian string groups of Transylvania, the luxuriously rich Brahms sextets and the unruly compositions and workshop arrangements of Charles Mingus. Well, all that and people asking him to fix strings for their sessions…

The players have all trained classically yet are "naturally bilingual….wholly imbued with jazz's improvisational facility." (Chris Parker… read more

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  • Avatar for devinette
    sounds so cool & classy!! love it actually from the first listening.
  • Avatar for adrianoesteves
    Go Seb! ;-)
  • Avatar for PhlLatin
    I actually can't stop listening to the album a conveyor belt of jazz and otherworldy moods
  • Avatar for Babs_05
    The [group]Chiller Cabinet[/group].
  • Avatar for killthepopular
    Seems crazy that these guys could be nominated for a mercury and still only have 3,500 scrobbles. V cool anyway, if more classical musicians took this route maybe the industry wouldnt be in such a dire state.
  • Avatar for Babs_05
    Fantastic.
  • Avatar for mikeinpeace
    Saw them play last week, totally brilliant. There seems to be more improvisation slipping in to their shows.
  • Avatar for mikecakes2
    it's sad these guys didn't fare better in the mercuries, or at least got some sort of residual popularity from the whole affair - seems to be that no-one even noticed they were there, and by far the best thing going this year...
  • Avatar for Jakaria
    Top listener, shot.
  • Avatar for Jakaria
    I cannot believe how few plays these guys have.

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