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Basquiat Strings


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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)

The group has been involved with various other live projects including that of Juliet Roberts and Andrew McCormack; and has recorded for Ty, Darren Emerson, Monica Vasconcelos (Nois 4) Border Crossing and the Ed Moto produced Jazzinho record. Basquiat Strings are touring in March to promote and launch their own record “Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford”

“Forceful Beast introduces Polar Bear drummer Seb Rochford’s collaboration with Basquiat Strings, Faintly reminiscent of the Kronos Quartet but more beat driven and further off-planet.” Chris May, All About Jazz 2005

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“Basquiat Strings shunt the mood again, as Ben Davis heads a classically trained quintet who are still profoundly influenced by the jazz experience” Martin Lonely, BBC Jazz Reviews 2004

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“Basquiat Strings track Double-Dares is a moody highlight ” John Walters, The Guardian 2004

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  • devinette

    sounds so cool & classy!! love it actually from the first listening.

    26 Jun 2011 Reply
  • adrianoesteves

    Go Seb! ;-)

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
  • PhlLatin

    I actually can't stop listening to the album a conveyor belt of jazz and otherworldy moods

    10 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Babs_05

    The Chiller Cabinet.

    20 Mar 2008 Reply
  • 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.

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
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  • mikeinpeace

    Saw them play last week, totally brilliant. There seems to be more improvisation slipping in to their shows.

    16 Nov 2007 Reply
  • 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...

    27 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Jakaria

    Top listener, shot.

    24 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Jakaria

    I cannot believe how few plays these guys have.

    16 Sep 2007 Reply

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