Thomas Chapin’s death of leukemia in 1998 hit me hard. It hit the people close to him harder, of course-I knew him only slightly-but it upset me to the point that I could no longer listen to his records. This newly released live recording of the alto saxophonist/flutist’s trio at the 1995 North Sea Jazz Festival is the first Chapin I’ve listened to in eight years. It’s both a sad and happy experience-sad because I’m reminded of our loss, happy because we have a fresh example of this outrageously inventive, spirited musician at his exhilarating best.
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