Album: Empirical, Tabula Rasa (Naim)


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What makes this Brit-jazz quartet so interesting is that you can’t work out where they’re heading, and you suspect they’re not clear either.

This double album (and come on, no one needs a double album these days) is a collaboration with the Benyounes String Quartet which works because both groups experiment. There’s plenty of moments that posterity wouldn’t mind missing, but when the 1960s loft-jazz aesthetic gets funky, as on “The Prophet”, it’s great.