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by Vinyl Hampdin

Vinyl Hampdin is (simply put) rocked out seriously funky jaw dropping ear candy. With a modern horn band featuring a stunning vocalist, their debut album RED takes the tradition of Chicago, BS&T and Tower of Power and adds an exciting 21st Century twist!
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Album Notes
Vinyl Hampdin: RED

Here is the greatly anticipated debut album from the world's most exciting modern horn band. Made up of five original compositions and six stellar covers by trombonist Steve Wiest, RED sizzles from beginning to end. Featured vocalist and multiple CCMA award winner Lisa Dodd is a real treasure with a voice that covers an incredible spectrum of textures and styles reminiscent of everyone from Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt to Robert Plant–with the end result being a true original. Lisa’s talent is profound and really comes to life as the front-and-center lightning bolt leading Vinyl Hampdin’s unique sound.

And the horn section! This squad of virtuosos can go from mellow to hurricane in less than three beats! Frank David Greene is one of the most in-demand lead trumpet players in the world today. With a resume that includes lead trumpet with Maynard Ferguson, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars and many others, Frank was also the trumpet soloist with Paul Shafer’s CBS Orchestra on Late Night with David Letterman. The wonderful Ray Herrmann on tenor and flute is currently on the road as a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame super group Chicago. Art Bouton (top call Broadway show woodwind artist in Denver) on baritone sax is the perfect foundation for the section while his fellow Denverite, Steve Wiest plays the electrifying trombone chair. Steve’s CV includes soloist and composer-arranger with Maynard Ferguson and Doc Severinson among many other accolades. With Vinyl Hampdin, Steve also pens all of the arrangements and compositions.

Every great band needs a KILLER rhythm section and Vinyl Hampdin is equipped with one of the best in the business. The heart and soul of the deep pocket groove is drummer Stockton Helbing. Stockton was Maynard Ferguson’s final musical director and continues to pursue a stellar career as top-call drummer (all styles) composer, and producer (Stockton is also the founder and CEO of Armored Records where VH has signed RED) Ryan Davidson on guitar (referred to by Steve Wiest as “Commander Texture” for his ability to create striking sounds via his “Very Large Array” pedal board) is a multiple CCMA award winning guitarist who sounds right a home with everything from Rock and Country to Jazz. Keyboard specialist Eric Gunnison has an incredible resume that includes pianist for Carmen McRae, soloist with The Dizzy Gillespie All Stars and leader of his own fusion group “Convergence.” The bedrock of the rhythm section is headed up by the legendary “Master of The Boiler-Room” Gerald Stockton on bass. Hailing from South Africa, Gerald is perfectly adept at multiple styles having worked with everyone from Michael Brecker to Andy Williams.

When you add a stunning virtuoso vocalist to a deep pocket state-of-the-art rhythm section and then top the whole thing off with one of the world’s greatest collection of horns… you get, well… you get Rocked Out Seriously Funky Jaw Dropping Ear Candy!


Lisa Dodd: Vocals
Stockton Helbing: Drums and Cymbals
Ryan Davidson: Guitar
Eric Gunnison: Keyboards
Gerald Stockton: Bass
Frank David Greene: Trumpet
Ray Herrmann: Tenor and Flute
Art Bouton: Bari and Flute
Steve Wiest: Trombone, Composer-Arranger

Phil Bulla: Audio Engineer
Andy LaViolette: Cinematographer
Randy Bailer: Graphic Art
Tony Shapiro and Wayne Armstrong: Photography

Stockton Helbing and Phil Bulla: Co-Producers
Steve Wiest: Executive Producer

RED was recorded in two sessions:
November 29-December 2, 2016 at Studio A: The University of Denver
June 12-15, 2017 at Colorado Sound Studios, Westminster, CO.
Mixed and mastered by Phil Bulla at Platinum Productions: Monroe, NY



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Richard Brannan

Oh So Funky!
Red is one of my favorite albums of this year! Packed full of funky songs from trombone and arranging great Steve Wiest, I love these arrangements simply amazing!!!

Tom Smith

Release the Kraken
Aside from its kinetic pleasures, Vinyl Hampdin unshackles the nostalgia of a beloved genre, and torpedoes it into beautiful uncharted waters..

Chuck Smith

I love this - some recordings are best listened to with your favorite beverage, a relaxing chair, and headphones. This is one of those.. Maybe the 10th time, take the headphones off and blast the stereo. Great arrangements and execution - and sound !!

Rob Wendland

Watch Out [Property] Brother!
So…your significant other has been after you to “repaint the walls and, while you’re at it, replace those old, drafty, windows that were installed during the New Deal.” Fear not Property Brother wannabe, your answer lies in simply picking up this incredible album and playing it at a volume typically associated with airport jet ways and NASCAR pits. Then, as you sit there contentedly with a smile from ear to ear, wait for the paint to peel from the walls and those old windows to shatter into oblivion! Heck, who knows, with the right insurance adjuster, you might even get a new roof out of the deal!

Vinyl Hampdin represents a collection of cats who can flat out bring it. Every time, every note, with a take-no-prisoners musical attitude that is unrelenting and enrapturing. One need only look at the musical lineage of this collection of artists to know that this album promises to be something special and it does not disappoint. Reminiscent of the great horn bands of all time, but with a new, sharp, modern sound that takes the listener to places one only wishes they could go, this is the total package. The beauty of the album lies not only in the overall musical greatness exhibited throughout, but, in the surprises Steve Wiest and company have in store for you. Don’t get too comfortable grooving to a song, because you will soon be grabbing at any available hand hold as Frank David Greene grabs you and blows straight through the stratosphere with an upper register display that will leave you quavering at the knees! Think you can relax for a moment as Lisa Watts’ incredible vocals have you snapping fingers and tapping your foot? Look out! Here comes a smoking bone solo from Steve Wiest, or some incredible guitar licks from Ryan Davidson, all laid down over the unparalleled drum work of Stockton Helbing and supported by saxophone, bass and keyboard work that is superb! Red is tight, powerful and spine-tingling, with the virtuosity of every member of Vinyl Hampdin on display from beginning to end. Get this album and you will not be disappointed…with newly painted walls and new windows to boot!

Traci C.

RED is the best, funkiest CD ever!
The musicians are incredibly tight, the arrangements are excitingly original, and this is simply one of the best albums I've heard in years. What's more, you can tell everyone is having an awesome time playing together and I can't wait to hear more from them. And being a bari player myself, the bari sax lines are some of the best and tastiest I've had the privilege to listen to. Go, Art, go!

Dan Potts

"The End, the Total End" ... Nope, Vinyl Hampdin has arrived!!
According to folklore, these words were once uttered by a stunned Maynard Ferguson fan during one of his mind-blowing, ground breaking live high note Stan Kenton performances in the early 50's. Much like Maynard Ferguson, Steve Wiest has always been about pushing musical boundaries - seeking new, challenging, and fresh directions. This comes as no surprise as Steve started his musical career and spent several years performing with, and writing for the "Boss," the ultimate change agent. Anyone who has followed Steve’s remarkable career and incredibly diverse musical releases over the years understands his incessant drive for boundary pushing and exciting endeavors.

There are some wonderful reviews posted about this debut which beautifully break down each chart. I cannot top what some others have already expressed, so I will focus on my thoughts about Vinyl Hampdin and the group as a whole.

VH embodies, exudes, and exemplifies (triple “E” … you’ve got that in the bag, right Steve-O?!), what great contemporary jazzy/funk/r&b/rock & rollin’ groups successfully tackle head on in today’s ever challenging musical landscape. Listen to this recording and then name another group that embodies all of those traits. I’ve got nothing….

Lisa Dodd wraps her hearty, bluesy, and gorgeous passionate vocals lovingly around Steve’s intricate and explosive arrangements throughout, with reckless abandon. Steve's hard hitting burnished tone and technical wizardry is on full display. Frank Greene, one of my favorite lead trumpet players, soars and scorches over the top of these charts. He is truly in his element. Stockton is in the pocket and hitting on all cylinders, and everyone unmentioned is in top form.

Overall, “Red” showcases brilliant musicianship, rich and ear-grabbing arrangements, charisma, chemistry, unbridled energy, deep and heartful soul….and therefore CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE!! It is remarkable that this group of 10 can cover so much ground and sound so BIG!!

This CD (and soon to be vinyl), is a mix of Steve’s passion for exploring new horizons and his unique melding of many musical genres. There is something for everyone within this production. And for those primarily locked into one groove or another, your ears will be awakened and challenged to expand and embrace a diverse range of hard hitting and slammin’ FUN!!

The bottom line – what makes me continue to dial up this CD is the culmination of raw emotion and pure joy. And the mix kicks ass too! Please support VH and purchase a copy or two for a friend, as they have big plans to bring their music to the masses…and hopefully a tour is forthcoming! Spread the word. I am indeed proud for their success!!

Phillip Rios

RED is on fire!
Steve Wiest is a big trombone idol of mine. This album showcases the highest caliber of talent from every musician involved. If you like your brass sections to be crunchy, juicy, gnarly, aggressive, zippy, snappy, and on top of their game, then this is the album for you.
Much love from North Texas. Keep up the great work!

Spider Robinson

I hear it DOES get better than this....but first, you have to die in a state of
[I submitted this a half an hour ago but it didn't seem to go through: sorry if this is redundant.
I have just listened to RED for the fifth time, since it dropped this morning. DAMN!
All I can liken it to is, if Blood Sweat & Tears or Chicago or Tower of Power or Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood Of Breath had spent every second of the last 40 or 50 years in constant improvement and musical and spiritual growth, they might sound this good by now. And maybe not. This is what the doctor ordered, and why the preacher danced. I'm 68 years old, and I honestly didn't expect to get this lucky again. Give me one or two albums this good a year, and I'll agree to live to 102 or more; otherwise, forget it! They talk about music to die for: this is music to LIVE for!

Joel H Deichman

10 Stars.....
Hmmm, well there's only five stars here but I think it 's ten. There are ten stars on this CD!!! So you enjoy those great soulful and sultry female vocalists well Red has one who can do both and with a little touch of Janis J. Remember those college days with CTA, BS&T, Tower of Power, and EW&F?? Well let me tell you, Red has a horn section that just might be the cream of the crop!! Rhythm section?? Oh yes, and grooves you won't believe!! This is Not a one time sit down play it all the way through CD....you will keep playing it over and over and marvel at what you hear. Whether it's updated versions of some classics of yesterday or new compositions, Steve Wiest has put together a CD that is one of the finest things to come out in years!!! Get one for yourself and another to give as a gift. Ear candy has never been this sweet!!!!

Joel H Deichman

A 10 Star Recording
So, you like those sultry female vocalists with maybe a little touch of Janis? Red has it.....Remember the days of BS&T or CTA or EW&F or even Tower of Power? Exciting when you first heard those wonderful voices and horns. If so, RED is the CD you're looking for. Whether you're looking for funky renditions of classics or some new compositions, Steve Wiest has put all on this masterful recording with some of the most outstanding musicians on the planet!!! You will not be able to play this one time through - you'll go back and do it numerous times. Soulful and funky vocals - a rhythm section that plays second to no one and a brass section that will be the envy of all!!! Place your order for ear candy with a 10 star rating and that's out of 5 stars.....dig it!!
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