Ben Davis [cello]
Emma Smith and Vicky Fifield [violins]
Jennymay Logan [viola]
Richard Pryce [bass]
featuring Seb Rochford [drums]
Basquiat Strings is a British jazz quintet led by the composer/arranger cellist Ben Davis, who composes all the music. It features an innovative line-up which hybridises the classical string quartet (two violins, viola and cello) with the jazz rhythm section (double bass and drums).
ll the members have been classically trained but have also submerged themselves in the jazz tradition.
Throughout their existence Basquiat Strings have been developing their own programme, using compositions of Ben Davis and well known jazz player/composers, through rehearsal, “jamming”, and performance. Classically trained but having grown up alongside non-classical musicians, they have developed a unique sound which has earned them many fans. In February 2007, the quintet released their first album, put together with the drummer Seb Rochford. The album, entitled simply Basquiat Strings with Seb Rochford, was one of the 2007 Mercury Prize nominees.
The band released their second studio album Basquiat Strings Part II in 2012.