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A versatile multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer, in the 80s and 90s, Chapin led a trio performing his own music playing in New York City’s downtown scene, and at festivals and clubs around the world. An outstanding composer of larger works as well, he sometimes augmented the trio with strings and horn ensembles. Though leukemia tragically ended his life in 1998 at age 40, Thomas Chapin left behind a legacy of many excellent albums and performances, and a reputation as one of jazz’s more extraordinary musicians and one of the few musicians to exist in both the worlds of the downtown, experimentalist scene and mainstream jazz

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The Latest From Clean Feed Records

Read "The Latest From Clean Feed Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto


2021 marks the twentieth year of Lisbon's Clean Feed Records. Listeners went from thinking ”who knew there was jazz in Portugal?" to acknowledging the label as the flag bearer of jazz' vanguard. Besides releasing music by Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Lehman, Julius Hemphill, Charles Gayle, Anthony Braxton, Elliott Sharp, Eric Revis, Harris Eisenstadt, and Kris ...

Article: Album Review

Alberto Pinton: All The Difference

Read "All The Difference" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sono passati vent'anni dall'uscita di Clear Now, primo disco a firma di Alberto Pinton, che ci fece conoscere il musicista di Porto Marghera, residente in Svezia dalla metà degli anni Ottanta; nel frattempo il polistrumentista di strada ne ha fatta parecchia ed è sempre più apprezzato sia nel Nordeuropa (tra i tanti, Anders Jormin lo ha ...

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Mario Pavone, Unscientific Italians, Bill Frisell, Paul Jarret & New Releases

Read "Mario Pavone, Unscientific Italians, Bill Frisell, Paul Jarret & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we pay tribute to the late Mario Pavone, with an epic live set in which his majestic bass sound propelled the Thomas Chapin Trio into the stratosphere at the 1995 Newport Jazz Festival. The rest of the playlist revolves around modern jazz guitar, with two different ways to pay tribute to Bill Frisell, by ...

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Guitarists in Review: Lofsky, Scott, Rose and Bro

Read "Guitarists in Review: Lofsky, Scott, Rose and Bro" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are current releases by four accomplished guitarists who display their talents in varied contexts. Lorne Lofsky This Song Is New Modica Music 2021 Lorne Lofsky is a highly respected Canadian guitarist. This is his first recording as a leader in over 25 years, a relaxed but ...

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Mario Pavone / Dialect Trio +1: Blue Vertical

Read "Blue Vertical" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Bassist and composer Mario Pavone died on May 15, 2021, after a seventeen-year battle with cancer. The Connecticut native had many interests and earned a degree in engineering, a Doris Duke Foundation grant and, for a quarter-century, shared his wisdom and talent with kids at the Litchfield Performing Arts Jazz Camp, where he also served as ...

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Article: Album Review

Eyevin Nonet: Thomas Chapin III: Unearthed

Read "Thomas Chapin III: Unearthed" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Thomas Chapin was taken from us far too soon. The saxophonist passed in 1998 at age forty, just as he was hitting his stride as a composer. The now defunct Knitting Factory Records was the source of his last recordings. If the label hadn't been run on a shoestring, we might have heard Chapin's music for ...

Article: Radio

Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch

Read "Dan Willis, Paul Dunmall, Amok Amor & Treesearch" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Many jazz musicians in Poland consider playing and/or recording the music of Poland's father of jazz, Krzysztof Komeda, a rite of passage. A similar feeling exists with most jazz musicians anywhere about the music of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and more. This episode features some recordings that follow that path. Saxophonist Dan Willis tackles ...

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Article: Album Review

Omri Ziegele Tomorrow Trio: All Those Yesterdays

Read "All Those Yesterdays" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It's been more than twenty years since the world lost saxophonist Thomas Chapin. If you were to conduct a search like Tibetan Buddhists looking for the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama, the signs and symbols you would sift through are of course recordings. All Those Yesterdays may be all the proof one needs to adjudge ...

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Mario Pavone: Philosophy

Read "Philosophy" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Ci sono musicisti che percorrono con discrezione il proprio itinerario artistico e, pur senza collocarsi nel novero dei protagonisti, si ritagliano un ruolo importante di connettori, di tenaci tessitori delle trame che rendono vitale e significativo un periodo artistico. Il contrabbassista Mario Pavone è senz'altro uno di questi. Un musicista prezioso, prodigo di iniziativa. Lo abbiamo ...


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