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Bill Chase: Chase Live Forever

Trumpeter Bill Chase’s quarter-century reputation for adventurous playing and writing spawned his exciting namesake band. First lauded as lead trumpeter with the 1960s bands of Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman, the Berklee grad organized his own nine-piece jazz-rock group in 1971. The first album sold more than three million copies for Epic. Soon after a second album was released, Chase and three band members were killed in a 1974 plane crash. But Chase’s legacy lives on via this CD release.

Stratospheric brass arrangements, tight ensemble work and imaginative solos are trademarks of this disc. The band’s fusion of rock, pop and blues uses a bombastic combination of four trumpets backed by a great rhythm section and vivid vocals.

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