Alan Hampton’s Moving Sidewalk #mm #musicmonday #mp3

Making the leap from sideman to solo artist, Alan Hampton’s debut LP The Moving Sidewalk has been set for release on March 15, 2011 on MRI Associated Labels.

The full length album effortlessly showcases his tender, ashy voice shimmering over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers and finger-picked acoustic guitars all performed by many of Brooklyn’s finest musicians.

After performing around the world with artists including Gretchen Parlato, Sufjan Stevens, Clare and the Reasons, Robert Glasper and Elizabeth & the Catapult, Hampton announces a NYC Pre-Release Party and national dates to celebrate and debut The Moving Sidewalk.

Alan Hampton’s debut record, The Moving Sidewalk showcases his range of musicality and resourcefulness. His tender, ashy voice shimmers over lush string trios, Dr. Who synthesizers, and finger-picked acoustic guitars, all performed by many of Brooklyn’s finest musicians. The ten, carefully constructed songs are intricate hybrids of various genres and influences, pooling from Brian Wilson, Wayne Shorter, and The Band.

Enhanced only by its home brewed process, The Moving Sidewalk was recorded in Pete Rende’s Brooklyn apartment, and mixed in David Boucher’s Culver City garage. The album’s cover features Hampton’s whittled self-portrait standing on a winding sidewalk that ribbons from a cityscape made of paper mâché and wire form, which was designed and constructed with close friend Lindsey Anderson.

An extensive musical education; years of experience as a sideman and bassist in NYC; and practice in a variety of different genres have all contributed to the abundant reservoir of resources that make Hampton’s record at once eloquent and unassuming. Hampton studied composition and performance, and toured and performed with jazz luminaries Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, and Wayne Shorter at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Southern California.

Where The Moving Sidewalk will take Hampton next, he can’t be sure. But the evidence rings loud and clear: In the world of music, Alan Hampton is quickly setting the pace.

Listen:

Alan Hampton – “Change Your Mind” (mp3)

Alan Hampton Tour Dates

Jan 3 – Joe’s Pub – NY, NY
CD Pre-Release Party
Jan 26 – GIG on the Strip – San Antonio, TX
Jan 27 – Dunn Brothers – Dallas, TX
Jan 29 – Momo’s – Austin, TX
Jan 30 – Block 7 – Houston, TX
Feb 10 – Olin Center – Lewiston, ME Bates College
Feb 12 – Vermont Jazz Center – Brattleboro, VT
Feb 18 – Riverside Fine Arts Association – Jacksonville, FL
Apr 7 – Reggatta Bar – Boston, MA
Apr 22 – Wichita Jazz Festival – Wichita, KS
Apr 23 – Wichita Jazz Festival – Wichita, KS

w/ Gretchen Parlato

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