Empirical is a British jazz group, formed in 2007, involving four young British jazz musicians. The group performs compositions and improvisations, with each member being given equal responsibility for the direction of the music in composition and improvisation.
The members of Empirical are: Nathaniel Facey (alto saxophone), Shaney Forbes (drums), Lewis Wright (vibes player) (vibraphone) and Tom Farmer (bass player) (bass).
Empirical has been presenting projects, performances and recordings since 2007. The eponymous debut album, Empirical, and the 2009 release Out ‘n’ In were toured on the jazz circuit in the UK and abroad. Their most recent album is Elements of Truth (2011).
On 14 February 2012, Empirical featured on Jamie Cullum's radio show.