Darius Hampton | Hear Me

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Hear Me

by Darius Hampton

"Hear Me" is the debut album by Darius Hampton featuring his compositions performed in the small jazz ensemble format and drawing inspiration from blues, Afro-Latin, hip-hop, soul, and contemporary art music styles.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ivanna-Banana
4:39 $0.99
2. In the Storm
6:26 $0.99
3. After the Storm
4:20 $0.99
4. Almost Let Go
7:20 $0.99
5. Timeless Times
5:13 $0.99
6. Dreams from the Block
5:20 $0.99
7. Hours Alone
4:39 $0.99
8. Solely What You Need
4:53 $0.99
9. Hear Me
5:54 $0.99
10. My Favorite Things
7:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
I’M BLESSED TO SEE THIS PROJECT COME TO FRUITION. I’ve been composing and arranging music since I was in high school. Much of it has been performed but little of it recorded until now. So when the opportunity to do this project as a leader came, I wanted to use as much of my music as I could that would work in this small ensemble format. However, as I prepared the music for this project, I realized I had way more than I could do on a single recording. So this, I hope, is just a start to something much bigger!

Ivanna-Banana comes from a rhyme to help people pronounce my high school sweet-heart’s name: “It rhymes with banana, her name is Ivanna”; it’s a good thing I married her or it might be weird to release this song now. In the Storm and After the Storm are for those storms we all experience in our lives and the peace that comes after they pass. Almost Let Go is about resisting persuasion to depart from one’s own ideals. Timeless Times is for those moments in our lives that seem to live on in our memories as if they happened just yesterday. Dreams from the Block captures that youthful energy and hope we students had when I was in Gallery 37. Hours Alone is a tune inspired by a shared experience of loved ones being apart from one another. Solely What You Need is an homage to the music of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, which I spent considerable time playing and studying in college. Hear Me is an ode to anyone who feels like their voice is unheard. My Favorite Things is my arrangement of the Rogers and Hammerstein standard giving a nod to Coltrane’s version but hopefully bringing something unique to it.

tenor and soprano saxophones

acoustic and Rhodes pianos



trumpet (ON TRACKS 1 AND 4)



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