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Nick Hempton

Although exceedingly beautiful now, as a child I was very ugly. "How ugly were you?" I'm sorry, what was that? "I said 'How ugly were you?'" Oh yes, I see. I was so ugly that when I was born, the doctor slapped my mother! Hahaha... But seriously, a f&>king doctor slapped my [email protected]&king mother, man! I shit you not. She didn't tell me about it until years later, and then what could I do? I don't know who this [email protected]$king guy is. And at the time, I was, like, 30 seconds old! What can you do at 30 seconds? You don't know what it's like to lie there, naked and helpless while some [email protected] college boy smacks your mum around

Night Owl

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Night Owl; I Remember Milady's; After You've Gone I'm A Fool To Want You; 10st Street Turnaround; Corner Bistro; It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream; Listen Hard, Speak Easy; Macao Mood.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Night Owl

Read "Night Owl" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If jazz belongs to a single breed of believers, it would have to go to the night owls. Those loyalists who live a nocturnal existence—the listeners. sitting at the bar while they drink in their surroundings, and the performers, playing into the wee small hours in basement hideaways—are the heartbeat of this music, and saxophonist Nick ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kayo Hiraki: Manhattan Sunset

Read "Manhattan Sunset" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Like a fine lemon sorbet, Manhattan Sunset, the sixth album from pianist and veteran NY presence Kayo Hiraki, is that refreshing, necessary pause between courses that enables you to fully enjoy the vast jazz menu. With an airy, elegant touch, tangible zeal and seasoned respect for her art, Hiraki leads her tried-and-true sidemen, bassist ...

Trio Stonk: Live At Smalls

Label: SmallsLIVE
Released: 2017
Track listing: A Blues To You, Rudy; Poor Butterfly; Droppin' A Franklin; Transition Vamp; A Whistlin' Blues; Not The Sort Of Jazz That Stewart Lee Likes; When I Grow Too Old To Dream.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Trio Stonk: Live At Smalls

Read "Trio Stonk: Live At Smalls" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

On April 20, 2017, tenor and alto saxophonist Nick Hempton, bassist George DeLancey, and drummer Dan Aran played a gig at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. Fortunately, it was recorded and recently released by the house label, SmallsLIVE. Although Hempton is the leader, the sixty minutes of music amounts to a collective accomplishment. The ...

Catch And Release

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Hanging For Dear Life; Change For A Dollar; Target Practice; Montauk Mosey; The Third Degree; Nordberg Suite; Catch Up; Catch And Release.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jordan Young: Jazz Jukebox

Read "Jazz Jukebox" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

One of the strengths of Marc Free's Posi-Tone imprimatur is that it is responsible for introducing us to many great and upcoming jazz artists. Drummer Jordan Young is a Detroit native who has studied with some of the best of the modern-day masters and is making a name for himself in New York. His sophomore release ...

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Nick Hempton: Catch and Release

Read "Catch and Release" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran New York saxophonist Nick Hempton lets loose with the stellar Catch and Release, a special project that has been a year-long journey and an experiment of sorts, in recording and releasing music. The album contains eight original Hempton compositions except that each tune was recorded and released separately for purchase on-line on the internet for, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Hempton: Catch And Release

Read "Catch And Release" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it come to music release methods, there's nothing more stubborn or persistent than the single. Music has fallen in and out of love with so many different formats over the years, but the one-song-at-a-time method of digestion has weathered every shift, spat, and alteration that life and technology have thrown at it. In fact, it's ...


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