Nick Hempton | Catch and Release

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Catch and Release

by Nick Hempton

Swinging modern New York jazz; groovy original music in the bebop tradition.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hanging for Dear Life
6:27 $0.99
2. Change for a Dollar (feat. Jerry Weldon)
7:39 $0.99
3. Target Practice
7:32 $0.99
4. Montauk Mosey (feat. Rossano Sportiello)
5:09 $0.99
5. The Third Degree (feat. Peter Bernstein)
5:44 $0.99
6. Nordberg Suite (feat. Bruce Harris)
6:18 $0.99
7. Catch Up
6:23 $0.99
8. Catch and Release
6:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
The northern summer of 2014: what heady, romantic days they were. We were young and impetuous; our hearts filled with fervour, and our hard drives filled with downloaded music files. But behind the scenes, things weren’t so rosy. The music industry was in the midst of an epic battle: the she-wolf-raised twin brothers of downloading and streaming were engaged in a desperate and bitter fight for supremacy; while the forsaken CD had grabbed its coat, and was making its way forlornly to the door, skipping to keep from crying.

Meanwhile, deep in a bunker at Hempton Band HQ, a think tank was installed to think up an alternative to the standard album release; a model through which we could embrace the new technology while turning our noses up at the paltry returns offered by the streaming services. After literally several hours of strenuous thinking (with breaks), the tank disgorged Catch and Release- a way to record and release music the way people were buying it: one track at a time.

The drip-feed approach wasn't new- bands had recorded complete albums and released them track-by-track before. The way the Catch and Release Project differed was that we recorded, mixed, mastered and released each track individually, while documenting every step of the process on a purpose-built blog. Composition, rehearsal, recording, producing, promoting: everything was tackle-out on display.

Here's how it went down: the band, along with crack engineer Andrew Swift, would stumble, bleary-eyed, into Smalls Jazz Club at the crack of noon. We'd set up the club's motley collection of microphones, and put down a few takes of a newly-penned tune. Then spend the rest of the day in wildly excessive celebration. A few days later, I'd bravely venture up to the Swift engineering compound on the outskirts of the Bronx, where we (by which I mean he) would mix and master our new baby. Then with an encouraging pat on the bot-bot I'd send the little fellow off into the world. Andrew fairly quickly asked me to keep my hands to myself, so I got to work releasing the new tune. I’d timidly offer our track to the capricious overlords at iTunes and Amazon; deliver it to my list of journalists and radio folk; and finally upload it to the blog, where people could listen, look at pictures of the recording, and read long-winded narratives like the one you're generously slogging through now.
Six weeks later we’d do it all again. And after a year we had eight tracks, and the project was complete. Until now…

It’s now late 2015, and the dust has settled somewhat. The race between downloading and streaming seems to be nearing its end, and it looks like our horse was content to take a rather philosophical approach to the contest. Streaming would appear to be the future. But there are some of us who retain a sort of misty-eyed devotion to the CD format, like our parents once did for Betamax, salmon mousse, and Rod Stewart. And it’s to these lovely, romantic, old-fashioned types that we present Catch and Release, remastered on CD- all eight original tunes, the swinging quartet plus some killer special guests, and a real CD cover with silly photos and waffling liner notes that you can hold in your hand. Hope you dig it! Cheers, Nick



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