Saturday, October 24, 2009
More Thomas Chapin, Please...
Thomas Chapin, God bless 'em, was born about three months before I was, and died in 1998. That is a little reminder to me of one of the central truths of Buddhism: that no one can escape death. Chapin's approach to music is central to my book of jazz: stay rooted in the tradition, but push the envelope. His output is mostly edgy page four, but he has a loyalty to melody that keeps me rooted in his horn lines.
I've blogged about Night Bird Song album. I recently acquired Sky Piece and Haywire. The former, like NBS, is easy to come by. I think he recognized NBS and SP as his seminal works. Haywire presents the Chapin Trio with strings. Jazz with strings is usually a way for a big name horn to make a lot of money with syrupy music to feed a heroin habit. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Chapin's jazz with strings is something else altogether.
Here are some samples to whet your appetite and get your credit card out of your wallet. I posted one version of Night Bird Song, from the album of that name. Here is another, so good you should keep it in a lock box.
And here is a delicious piece from Haywire.