Thomas Chapin's widow found several boxes of this classic cd and we are selling it for her.
A few weeks after his soon to be – critically acclaimed – “Sky Piece” was released in 1998, saxophonist-composer Thomas Chapin passed away, following his yearlong bout with Leukemia. After several years of journeyman status with the likes of notables such as Lionel Hampton, Anthony Braxton and Chico Hamilton, Chapin finally attained widespread recognition with his profoundly original 1996 Knitting Factory release, “Haywire”.
While recorded in 1992, Thomas Chapin intentionally deferred the final production and release of Night Bird Song as a follow up to the more recent “Sky Piece”. Not sure why Chapin would hold back such a brilliant recording of such supremely crafted music and ensemble work by a Trio which had been in existence since 1989? Perhaps Chapin was uncertain of the timing or was anticipating reaction to the “Sky Piece” release? Marketing or artistic reasons aside, Night Bird Song does in fact represent the final studio recording from this remarkable band consisting of Chapin, drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Mario Pavone.
Chapin’s “Alphaville” which is also presented on “Sky Piece” is a musically demanding yet sonorous composition, which is a good indicator of Chapin’s broad writing skills. Here, the Trio swing, toggle between left-of-center and modern bop while prominently demonstrating keen intuitiveness, vigor and passion. A master technician, Chapin was equally adept on alto sax, flutes and sopranino sax yet Chapin conveyed an aura of beauty and enchantment through his unique and very personal sound... Continue reading at ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM.