Hempton is heading up a combo specializing in that greasy, funky soul-jazz popularized by the likes of Lou Donaldson, Grant Green and Stanley Turrentine... complete with a Gene Ammons-grade soul tenor sax.
The deep soul of ’60s organ jazz is at the heart of Nick Hempton’s latest venture... I think they even managed to record the cigarette smoke.
— S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
Gutsy tenor, soaring alto... this is meaningful playing. Like Dexter Gordon, Hempton makes every note count... It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dream- one of the all-time classic ballad performances.
— Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
A prowling, out of time mood pervades this soulfully swinging venture.
— The Syncopated Times
It’s hard to imagine a saxophonist with a better sound than Hempton... His measured and impeccably logical solos are a reminder of the virtue of understatement... In many places I hear the magisterial authority of Dexter Gordon.
— Eric Myers, The Weekend Australian

"Confidence and daring permeate this live date... engagingly bluesy originals with pretty takes on the classics... It features Hempton's warmhearted style at its most curious..."

-Carlo Wolff, DownBeat

“Highly entertaining, hard-driving and solid swinging modern jazz… creative, intense and superb.”

-Edward Blanco, E-Jazz News

 

“Big fat grooves, a real sense of swing, strong melodies and even stronger rhythms… this is a high quality collection of straight-ahead jazz.”

-Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

 

“Another polished gem of the jazz form… Hempton’s tenor has that sometimes salty yet inviting Paul Gonzalves vibe, the perfect tone and articulation for all the swinging going on here, and his alto is sweet and soulful…”

-S Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

 

“Inventive. Edgy. Surprising. Nick Hempton is a lyrical assassin.”

-Brent Black, Critical Jazz

 

“A bold voice… Hempton exhibits sterling technique… and a compositional acuity that few possess.”

-Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

 

“A really well played and self-assured album, the band is tight and focused, and Hempton is really a soloist and bandleader to watch.”

-Tim Niland, Music and More

 

“I f-n’ loved this record!”

–Stephan Moore, Jazz Wrap