Thomas Chapin - Night Bird Song

Thomas Chapin - Night Bird Song
Recording Location: Kampo Cultural Center, NY
Artist: Thomas Chapin
Duration: 50:58
Recording Date: August 28, 1992 & September 29, 1992
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: May 18, 1999
Album: Night Bird Song
Styles: Free Jazz, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative, Jazz Instrument, Saxophone Jazz

Recorded in 1992, Night Bird Song remained in the can for seven years before Knitting Factory released it in 1999. Thomas Chapin had met an untimely death from leukemia in February 1998 (he was only 40), and this posthumous release was greeted with great enthusiasm by those who were hip to the saxman/flutist's music.

It's regrettable that this avant-garde/post-bop recording went unreleased for so long, for Chapin's trio (which included bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Michael Sarin) is inspired, unpredictable, and cohesive throughout the album. Sticking to his own compositions, Chapin favors an inside/outside approach and fluctuates between moments of quiet, AACM-influenced reflection and intensely emotional playing. Chapin's pieces tend to be cerebral and angular and don't go out of their way to be accessible, but they're well worth exploring because the expressive improviser had a lot to say. Whether he's playing the alto sax, sopranino sax, flute, or alto flute, Chapin's restless spirit serves him well throughout Night Bird Song.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Opening / Thomas Chapin / Mario Pavone / Michael SarinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio2:45
Alphaville / Thomas ChapinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio7:03
Night Bird Song / Thomas Chapin / Mario PavoneThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio8:46
Cliff Island / Thomas ChapinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio8:22
The Roaring S / Thomas ChapinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio5:49
Aeolus / Thomas ChapinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio6:01
Tweeter's Little Adventures / Thomas ChapinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio6:51
Changes Two Tires / Thomas ChapinThomas Chapin feat: Thomas Chapin Trio5:21

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