Thomas Chapin Trio: Ride (2006)
This previously unreleased concert (in what amounts to a program of the trio's greatest hits) opens with Chapin's ferocious cadenza that introduces the seventeen-minute burner "Anima. The spiky and elusive "Pet Scorpion follows hot on its heels, and Chapin's tone on alto is like chocolate milk laced with strychnine. Chapin closes the concert on alto, as well, with tongue slaps and fairly straight-ahead playing on the stop-and-start knotty interlockings of "Changes Two Tires. For the encore, the band thrashes even harder on their version of "Ticket to Ride, a crowd-pleaser that manages to revitalize the familiar melody, particularly when the band tears into the chorus. In between Chapin switches to his other main instrument, the flute, allowing him to indulge his more ethereal side with sweet evocations of nature on "Night Bird Song and "Aeolus.
Ride documents Chapin's wit, openness and warmth, as reflected back by Pavone and Sarin, who respond with emotional playing and virtuosic excellence. You get the sense that had Chapin lived, things would be different for everyone who was touched by this spiritually expansive artist.
Track Listing: Anima; Pet Scorpion; Night Bird Song; Aeolus; Bad Birdie; Changes Two Tires; Ticket to Ride.
Personnel: Thomas Chapin: alto and sopranino saxophones, flute; Mario Pavone: bass; Michael Sarin: drums.
Record Label: Playscape Recordings
Style: Modern Jazz