Thomas Chapin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the American singer-songwriter/storyteller, see Tom Chapin.

Thomas Chapin (March 9, 1957 – February 13, 1998) was an American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist. Though primarily an alto saxophonist, he also played sopranino saxophone and various flutes.

Many of his recordings as a leader featured his trio with drummer Michael Sarin and bassist Mario Pavone, occasionally joined by guests.

Chapin studied with Jackie McLean and Paul Jeffrey. He played with Lionel Hampton.

Chapin died of leukemia three weeks before his 41st birthday. He last played two weeks before his death, at a benefit concert.

Biography[edit]

Alto saxophonist and flautist, Thomas Chapin was born on March 9, 1957 in Manchester, Connecticut. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts where he studied classical music and jazz. He began his serious studies in the late 1970s, attending the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, studying with saxophonist Jackie MacLean. In 1980 he graduated from Rutgers University where he studied with saxophonist Paul Jeffrey, pianist Kenny Barron and guitarist Ted Dunbar. From 1981 to 1986 he toured with the jazz grand master Lionel Hampton as lead saxophonist and musical director of the band. He also performed with Chico Hamilton’s band from 1988 to 1989. In the late 1980s he formed his own groups, most notably a trio with bassist Mario Pavone and drummers Steve Johns and later, Michael Sarin; as well founding Machine Gun, a quintet with guitarist/producer/engineer Robert Musso. For nearly ten years Chapin pursued his own music, working with the Thomas Chapin Trio at festivals and clubs around the world, and also arranging larger groups. And he spent a good deal of his time working with the more important names in various factions of jazz. He performed with Ray Drummond, Anthony Braxton, Tom Harrell, Sonny Sharrock, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg and many more. Over his career he recorded more than fifteen albums under his name alone, including Sky Piece and Night Bird Song, the last releases with his trio. Thomas Chapin died of leukemia in 1998 at age forty. The New York Times called him “one of the more exuberant saxophonists and bandleaders in jazz” and “one of the few musicians to exist in both the worlds of the 'downtown' experimentalist scene, and mainstream jazz.” He is survived by his wife, Terri Castillo Chapin, who he married on October 15, 1997 in New York Hospital while being treated. He died four months later.

Discography[edit]

As Leader and Co-Leader (chronological by approximate recording date)[edit]

  • Machine Gun + Sonny Sharrock : Machine Gun (Muworks 1001; USA) recorded and released 1988 - CD, LP, CS
  • Machine Gun + Sonny Sharrock : Live At The Gas Station : December 3rd 1988 (MuWorks 46 CR; USA) released 2008 - CD
  • Machine Gun + Sonny Sharrock : Open Fire (MuWorks 1003; USA) recorded and released 1989 - CD, LP, CS
  • Machine Gun : Live From The Court Tavern : February 24th 1990 + December 8th, 1990 (MuWorks DR 03; USA) released 2008 - DVD
  • Machine Gun + Elliott Sharp : Live From The Court Tavern : September 7th 1991 ..plus Knitting Factory with Elliott Sharp : November 30th, 1988 (MuWorks DR 02; USA) released 2008 - DVD
  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Steve Johns : Third Force (KnitWorks 103; USA) recorded 1900-1991, released 1991 - CD
  • Machine Gun: Live From The Webo Art Space : September 22nd 1991 (MuWorks DR 01; USA) released 2008 - DVD
  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Steve Johns : Anima (KnitWorks 121 B; USA) recorded 1991, released 1992 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin & Borah Bergman : Inversions (MuWorks 1009; USA) recorded and released 1992 - CD, CS
  • Machine Gun : Pass the Ammo (MuWorks 1011; USA) recorded and released 1992 - CD, LP, CS

- - -

  • William Hooker with Thomas Chapin : Crossing Points (NoBusiness LP 30/31; Lithuania) recorded 1992, released 2011 - 2 LP set

simultaneously released as

  • William Hooker with Thomas Chapin : Crossing Points (NoBusiness CD 28; Lithuania) recorded 1992, released 2011 - CD

- - -

  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Michael Sarin : Night Bird Song (KnitWorks 240; USA) includes earlier recordings of 3 tunes debuted on Sky Piece; recorded 1992, released 1998 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin with Ronnie Mathews/Ray Drummond/Steve Johns : I've Got Your Number (Arabesque 110; USA) recorded and released 1993 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Michael Sarin + John Zorn/Vernon Frazer : Menagerie Dreams (KnitWorks 167; USA) recorded and released 1994 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Michael Sarin : Ride: North Sea Jazz Festival 1995 (Playscape 71595; USA) released 2006 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin Quartets with Peter Madsen/Kiyoto Fujiwara or Scott Colley/Reggie Nicholson or Matt Wilson : Never Let Me Go: Quartets '95 & '96 (Playscape 111095; USA) Released 2012 - 3-CD set
  • Avantango (Pablo Aslan/Thomas Chapin/Ethan Iverson) : Y en el 2000 tambien: Tango & Jazz (Epsa 16020; Brazil) recorded 1996 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Michael Sarin + Strings: Mark Feldman/Boris Raskin/Kiyoto Fujiwara : Haywire: Live At The Knitting Factory 1996 (KnitWorks 176; USA) released 1996 - CD
  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Michael Sarin : Sky Piece (KnitWorks 208; USA) recorded 1996, released 1998 - CD
  • Borah Bergman & Thomas Chapin : Toronto 1997 (Boxholder 033; USA) released 2003 - CD

- - -

  • Thomas Chapin Trio with Mario Pavone/Michael Sarin or Steve Johns et al. : Alive: Third Force/Anima/Insomnia/Menagerie Dreams/Haywire/Sky Piece/Night Bird Song/Live! On Tour: UC Davis 1992 (KnitWorks 248; USA) 8 CD Box Set; released 1999.

Note: Collects all 7 previous Knitting Factory Works releases by Chapin Trio. The eighth disc, "Live! On Tour UC Davis", only appeared in this box set

As Group member (alphabetically by artist)[edit]

  • Vernon Frazer with Thomas Chapin/Mario Pavone/Joe Fonda : Sex Queen of the Berlin Turnpike (Woodcrest; USA) released 1986? - LP
  • Vernon Frazer with Thomas Chapin : Song Of Baobab (VFCI 01; USA) released 1997 - CD
  • Kiyoto Fujiwara with Thomas Chapin/Kenny Garrett/Peter Madsen et al. : 60 Miles High (TDK; Japan) released 1993 - CD
  • Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra with Thomas Chapin/Alan Simon : Sentimental Journey (Atlantic; USA) released 1986 - CD
  • Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra with Thomas Chapin : One Of A Kind (Glad Hamp; USA) released 1989 - CD
  • Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra with Thomas Chapin : Ambassador At Large (Glad Hamp 1024; USA) recorded at Aurex Festival 1981, released 1990 - CD
  • Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra with Thomas Chapin : Made In Japan (Glad Hamp 1023; USA) released 1990 - CD
  • Lionel Hampton Big Band with Thomas Chapin : Air Mail Special (1991) (ITM 920002; Germany) released 1991 - CD
  • Lionel Hampton Big Band with Paul Jeffrey/Thomas Chapin : The Lionel Hampton Big Band (West Wind 2404; Germany) recorded 1983 - CD
  • Andy Jaffe with Bill Lowe/John Clark/Thomas Chapin/Peter McEachern/MIchael Marcus et al. : An Imperfect Storm: The Large Ensemble Compositions Of Andy Jaffe (MMC 2132; USA) Chapin only on the six cuts by Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band; recorded 1991-2002, released 2004 - CD

reissued as..

  • Andy Jaffe: An Imperfect Storm: The Large Ensemble Compositions Of Andy Jaffe (Big Round 8907; USA) released 2010 - CD
  • Misako Kano Quartet with Thomas Chapin/Kiyoto Fujiwara/Matt Wilson : Watch Out (KnitWorks 219; USA) recorded 1996; released 1998 - CD
  • Misako Kano Quartet with Thomas Chapin/Ron McLure/Jeff Williams : Breakthrew (Jazz Focus 27; Canada) recorded 1996; released 1998 - CD
  • David Lahm Quartet with Thomas Chapin : The Muscle Memory Hoedown (Generation 203; USA) recorded 1990, released 1992 - CD
  • David Lahm with Randy Brecker/Thomas Chapin/Mark Feldman/Skuli Sverrisson et al. : Jazz Takes On Joni Mitchell (Arkadia 71011; USA) recorded 1993-1995, released 1998 - CD

later revised with additional players (John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Jamie Saft, David Licht) added and issued as..

  • Frank London: Scientist at Work (Redux) (Tzadik 7167; USA) released 2002 - CD
  • Peter McEachern Quintet with Thomas Chapin : Shockwave (PMC; USA) recorded 1994, released 2011 - CD

reissued with bonus cut as..

  • Medeski Martin & Wood : Notes From The Underground (Accurate 5010; USA) released 2000 - CD

still later reissued as..

  • Medeski Martin & Wood : Notes From The Underground (Amulet 016; USA) same bonus cut as above, released 2004 - CD
  • Michael Musillami with Thomas Chapin/Kent Hewitt/Nat Reeves/Steve Johns : The Young Child (Stash 556; USA) recorded 1990, released 1992 - CD

reissued retitled as..

  • Michael Musillami : Archives (Playscape 120990; USA) re-released 2000 - CD
  • Michael Musillami with Thomas Chapin/Randy Brecker/Ray Drummond/Kent Hewitt/Steve Johns : Glass Art (Evidence 22060; USA) recorded 1992, released 1993 - CD

reissued retitled as..

  • Michael Musillami: Mar's Bars (Playscape 120192; USA) re-released 2000 - CD
  • Mario Pavone with Thomas Chapin/Marty Ehrlich/Pheeroan akLaff et al. : Sharpeville (Alacra 1012; USA) recorded 1985, released 1989 - LP

reissued as:

  • Mario Pavone with Thomas Chapin/Marty Ehrlich/Pheeroan akLaff et al. : Sharpeville (Playscape 90885; USA) released 2000 - CD
  • Mario Pavone with Thomas Chapin/Marty Ehrlich/Joshua Redman et al. : Toulon Days (New World 80420; USA) recorded 1991, released 1992 - CD
  • Mario Pavone with Thomas Chapin/Peter McEachern/Bill Ware/Peter Madsen/Steve Johns : Song For (Septet) (New World 80452; USA) recorded and released 1993 - CD
  • Mario Pavone with Thomas Chapin/Marty Ehrlich et al. : Dancers Tales (KnitWorks 205; USA) recorded 1996, released 1997 - CD
  • Ned Rothenberg Double Band with Thomas Chapin/Jerome Harris/Chris Wood/Billy Martin/Jim Black : Real and Imagined Time (Moers 3006; Germany) recorded 1993, released 1995 - CD
  • Ned Rothenberg Double Band with Thomas Chapin/Jerome Harris/Tony Scherr/Michael Sarin/Samm Bennett : Parting (Moers 3012; Germany) recorded 1996, released 2004 - CD
  • The Rutgers U Livingston College Jazz Ensemble with Clifford Jordan/Thomas Chapin et al. : Music Of The Masters (Rutgers University; USA) recorded 1981 - LP
  • Under Cover Collection Band (Tom Cora/Samm Bennett/Thomas Chapin/Burkhard Stangl/Max Nagl) : HorFest (Knitworks 165; USA) recorded 1994, released 1995 - CD

As Guest (one or two tracks)[edit]

  • Monie Love (Simone Wilson) : Down To Earth uncredited saxophones on track 'Monie In The Middle' (Warner Bros; USA) released 1990 - CD
  • Pamela Fleming : Fearless Dreamer (Infinite Room; USA) released 1998 - CD

Tracks on 'Various Artists' albums[edit]

  • Aurex Jazz Festival '81 (V.A.) : All Star Jam Session (East World 80208; Japan) released 1982 - LP
  • Real Estate (V.A. curated by Elliott Sharp) : New Music From New York (Ear-Rational 1015; Germany) recorded 1989, released 1990 - CD
  • Live At The Knitting Factory (V.A.) : Volume Three (KnitWorks 99/A&M 5299; USA) Chapin Trio recorded 1989; released 1990 - CD
  • Live At The Knitting Factory (V.A.) : Volume Four (KnitWorks 100/A&M 5332; USA) recorded and released 1990 - CD
  • Knitting Factory (V.A.) : What Is Jazz?: Festival Sampler 1991 (Knitworks 109; USA) released 1991 - CD
  • Knitting Factory (V.A.) : Goes To Vassar: Live At The Villard Room and The Cafe (KnitWorks 121 A; USA) two cuts taken from Third Force, released 1992 - CD
  • Knitting Factory (V.A) : Tours Europe 1991 (KnitWorks 105; USA) Chapin Trio recorded 1991, released 1991 - CD
  • The Rainbow Colored Lotus (V.A.) : A Big Hand for Hanshin (Polydor; Japan) released 1995 - 2-CD set
  • Knitting Factory (V.A.) : What Is Jazz?: Live At Heineken Jazz Festival 1996 (Knitworks 195; USA) Pavone sextet cut, and Chapin Trio cut, recorded and released 1996 - CD

(Discography compiled by Emanuel Maris)

Books[edit]

  • Thomas Chapin : Ten Compositions (sheet music book) (Akasha; USA)

Documentaries[edit]

External links[edit]