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Mitch Hampton: Hard Listening [Digipak]

Track List

>Royal Blue Trickle Suite F or Piano, The
>Petite Dirge
>Hard Listening (Series For Solo Concert Piano): For Victor Young
>Hard Listening (Series For Solo Concert Piano): Score For a Film With an International All Star Cast
>Hard Listening (Series For Solo Concert Piano): Crossover Hit
>Hard Listening (Series For Solo Concert Piano): Feminist Singer Songwriter Without Words
>Goodbye Cornelius (Don Cornelius)
>Large Dirge In Memory of My Father
>[CD-ROM Track]

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

As composer and pianist Mitch Hampton admits, Hard Listening, his debut solo album on Navona Records, "aims to dissolve all boundaries of style or taste," while providing an earnest yet sometimes humorous reflection on the questions of society and musical aesthetics. Hampton explains the focus of his compositions is on the building blocks of music - rhythm, harmony, and melody - and their innate value regardless of "extramusical" or sociological meanings. Mr. Hampton has commissioned work for clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, flutist Mike Feingold and the Ciompi Quartet, among others.

Album Notes

Personnel: Mitch Hampton (piano).

Audio Mixer: Andy Happel.

Recording information: Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA (11/11/2013).

Editor: Andy Happel.

Photographer: Hannah Cohen.


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