Chase (Chase album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1971
RecordedChicago, Illinois
GenreJazz-rock fusion
ProducerFrank Rand, Bob Destocki
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Chase was the debut album by jazz-rock fusion band Chase.

Bill Chase was already a well-established lead trumpet player when he decided to form his own band. He recruited three other veteran trumpet players and vocalist Terry Richards, backed them with a rock rhythm section, and created a band which merged both jazz and rock styles. The album was recorded in Chicago in November and early December 1970 and released in April 1971.

The single "Get It On" spent thirteen weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart starting in May 1971, eventually peaking at #24 in July of that year. This success drove album sales to more than 400,000 units - unusually high for a jazz artist. The album charted for a total of 26 weeks, peaking at #22.[1]

Long out of print in the U.S., the album was re-released in Japan on CD in 1997.

Later releases[edit]

This album, together with the 1974 "Pure Music" album, was reissued on the Super Audio CD format in September 2018 by UK label Dutton Vocalion, Remastered in both Stereo and Surround Sound from the original analogue tapes by Michael J. Dutton and released as a 2-fer with the "Pure Music" album. The Surround Sound portion of the disc features the Quadraphonic mixes for both the "Chase" and "Pure Music" albums, made available for the first time in over 40 years.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Open Up Wide" (Bill Chase) – 3:48
  2. "Livin' In Heat" (B. Hall / R. Turner / M. Walker) – 2:54
  3. "Hello Groceries" (D. O'Rourke) – 2:56
  4. "Handbags and Gladrags" (Mike d'Abo) – 3:23
  5. "Get It On" (B. Chase/Terry Richards) – 2:59
  6. "Boys and Girls Together" (Jim Peterik) – 2:56
  7. "Invitation to a River" – 14:13
  • "Two Minds Meet" (L. Raub/B. Chase)
  • "Stay" (L. Raub/B. Chase)
  • "Paint It Sad" (L. Raub/B. Chase)
  • "Reflections" (B. Chase)
  • "River" (T. Richards/B. Chase)