Alan Hampton is a busy man. When he’s not on the road, playing bass and singing with Andrew Bird, Meshell N’Degeocello, Gretchen Parlato, and Robert Glasper, he might be in the studio, laying down tracks for Sufjan Stevens, Luke Temple, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Esperanza Spalding, or The New Pornographers. But somehow, in between tours and takes, Hampton has also been steadily crafting his own sound. When Hampton released his debut record, The Moving Sidewalk, in 2011, The New York Times proclaimed him a musician with “loads of talent.” Now, after three years of touring, recording, and writing, his sophomore album, Origami for the Fire, is scheduled for release on November 4, 2014.
“Before tour started, I went to a studio in Upstate New York with Bill Campbell (drums) and Pete Rende (keyboards) with a lot of half-written songs, and walked out with some nice basic tracks. Then tour began and I snuck in sessions whenever and wherever I could, in London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago, New York.”
Hampton began his musical career as a jazz bassist in Houston, Texas, where his obvious talents earned him invitations to the renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, then the New School in New York City, and finally a coveted spot at the Thelonious Monk Institute in LA, where he studied bass with jazz Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, and John Clayton and performed internationally with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter.