Empirical - Elements of Truth
- Kenny Mathieson
- 10 November 2011
Most diffuse and wide-ranging release to date
Empirical’s drift away from their early bop-oriented leanings continues on their most diffuse and wide-ranging release to date. There is a deliberately spacey, dream-like feel to much of the music, referencing Messiaen and Björk alongside Eric Dolphy and Andrew Hill.
Only hard-hitting alto saxophonist Nathaniel Facey and drummer Shaney Forbes remain from the original line-up, and Facey’s interaction with vibes player Lewis Wright is now the focal point of their sound. Bassist Tom Farmer makes an important contribution, not least as a composer, while guest pianist George Fogel provides effective and unobtrusive support in their explorations.