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1) Free-noise group from New Zealand (members: Alie McPherson, Marcel Bear, Rosy Parlane). Released 8” lathe-cut on Crawlspace Records (1998), one 3” CDR on PseudoArcana, and was also on Le Jazz Non compilation CD, released by Bruce Russell’s Corpus Hermiticum label, 1996. One song (Untitled) is also in Fit For Kings - A Compilation Of Peripheral New Zealand Music Series II CD, released by Crawlspace Records, 2000.

2) Nathaniel Facey (alto sax); Lewis Wright (vibes); Tom Farmer (double bass); Shaney Forbes (drums/percussion).

Empirical’s smart post-bop style has drawn admiring notices on both sides of the Atlantic. Their debut recording went on to be voted Jazzwise magazine’s album of the year, and Mojo magazine’s jazz album of the year. Expertly incorporating elements of classical, African and Cuban musical forms into its original, sophisticated, fresh-sounding jazz, Empirical make a point of not being centred 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.

In May 2008, Empirical collected the Ensemble of the Year prize at the annual Parliamentary Jazz Awards, held at the House of Commons, and organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group.

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