Thomas Chapin, ( born March 9, 1957 in Manchester (Connecticut ), † 13 February 1998 in Providence (Rhode Iceland ) ) was an American musician of Modern Creative Jazz ( alto and soprano saxophone, flute, composition).
Chapin studied at Rutgers University and then privately with Jackie McLean and Kenny Barron. From 1981 he worked for Lionel Hampton, first as first violist, then as music director of the orchestra before he played from 1988 to 1989 at Chico Hamilton. His first album " radius " (with Ronnie Mathews, Ray Drummond and John Betsch ) was created in 1984. His trio ( with bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Michael Sarin ) occurred in 1990 at the Newport Jazz Festival and operated by the Knitting Factory out to festivals occur around the world and submit recognized boards. He also played in a duo with Borah Bergman and in other situations, including with Tom Harrell, with Sylvie Courvoisier, Kiyoto Fujiwara or groups Machine Gun and Medeski, Martin & Wood. He cooperated further with Drummond, Tom Varner and Ned Rothenberg. In 1995 he was invited to Baden -Baden New Jazz Meeting. To support the leukemia Chapin in financing his treatment, his fellow musicians have organized a benefit concert shortly before his death.
Chapin decreed on the saxophone over a strong, harmonically rich sound, while he combined the achievements of Eric Dolphy with the Überblastechnik Rahsaan Roland Kirk on the flute. His compositions are based on conceptual approaches of Ornette Coleman; his improvisations, he developed more motifs with many quotations, dynamic contrasts and occasional excursions into the Rhythm and Blues.
Sources and links
- Martin Kunzler, Jazz Encyclopedia Vol 1 ISBN 3-499-16512-0
- Jazz saxophonist
- Jazz flutist
- Composer (Jazz)
- American musician
- Born in 1957
- Died in 1998