Seth Bennett


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Seth Bennett is one of the U.K.’s pre-eminent improvising double bass players. Currently based in rural Perthshire, his work involves free improvisation and composition for improvisers. Recent works include En Bas Quartet, a low string quartet for improvisers, all lovers are the song, a suite of six pieces for string trio and voice, and contributions to several recorded works, including CD releases by improvising sextet Sloth Racket, the Julie Tippets/Martin Archer Ensemble, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, and the large ensemble Favourite Animals. In addition, he maintains a busy performance schedule in Britain and across Europe in Jazz, Free Improvisation, English Folk music, and Contemporary Classical settings.


2014 Educator of the year, Yorkshire Jazz Awards 2008 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Selected Discography

2018 Article XI – Anton Hunter
2017 Sunshine! – Archer-Mwamba-Bennett-Fairclough
2017 Favourite Animals – Favourite Animals
2017 Shape Shifters - Sloth Rackets
2016 Subjects And Structures – Six-In-One
2016 Triptych – Sloth Rackets
2015 En Bas Quartet - En Bas Quartet
2015 Bad Tidings From Slackwater Drag - Martin Archer & Engine Room Favourites
2013 Blue Meat, Black Diesel & Engine Room Favourites - Martin Archer

Press Reviews

”The most original double bassist working in Britain today” - Lancaster Jazz Festival

“One of the country’s most virtuosic and restlessly innovative musicians.” - Sheffield Telegraph