When he’s not anchoring the bass alongside Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Glasper, or Herbie Hancock, Alan Hampton writes some serious folk songs. On his sophomore album, Origami for the Fire, Hampton enlists some of his frequent collaborators, including Bird and violinist Christina Courtin. Hampton has been an unlikely purveyor of pastoral Americana, having plied his trade with bass legends John Clayton and Charlie Haden, but even the late Haden bridged the canyon between folk and jazz. With diaphanous vocals in the Art Garfunkel countertenor-range, Hampton still grounds his imagistic forays into jealous lovers and blowing leaves with traces of that R&B pulse. With Becca Stevens.
Thu., Nov. 6, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2014