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Thomas Chapin
Never Let Me Go - Quartets '95 & '96

Album US 2012 on Playscape Recordings label
Jazz (Post-Bop, Free Jazz, Contemporary Jazz)

From Playscape's website: Unless you were there, this is Thomas Chapin like you've never heard him before. In the mid-1990's, the innovative multi-instrumentalist and composer was at the peak of his powers and just beginning to explore both the harmonic possibilities of the quartet format (following several records with his acclaimed trio) and the potential of his growing international fame beyond New York's Downtown Jazz Scene. Sadly, he was also just a short time away from being diagnosed with the leukemia that would abruptly end his life at age 40 in early 1998. Never Let Me Go: Quartets '95 & '96 thoughtfully chronicles the final chapter of Chapin's career with previously unavailable recordings from his family's private archive. Produced in cooperation with Akasha, Inc., this three-disc set documents two complete concerts: a November 1995 show with his working quartet from the early 90's (featuring Peter Madsen, Kiyoto Fujiwara and Reggie Nicholson) and his final New York performance in December 1996 with a brand new quartet (featuring Madsen, Scott Colley and Matt Wilson) that he hoped would take him into the future. The music is presented in context with liner notes from veteran jazz journalist and broadcaster Brian Morton, exclusive archival photos and remembrances from the musicians who joined him for these shows. Learn more about Akasha, Inc. and its ongoing efforts to preserve and advance Chapin's musical legacy at

PortraitThomas Chapin fl, as, sax, 1957-1998 US
alto saxophone, flute, album by, composed by
PortraitKiyoto Fujiwara b, *1953 JP
bass, quartet 1995
PortraitScott Colley b, *1963 US
bass, quartet 1996
PortraitReggie Nicholson dr, perc, *1957 US
drums, quartet 1995
PortraitMatt Wilson dr, US
drums, quartet 1996
PortraitPeter Madsen p, *1955 US
piano, liner notes
Tom Beckham design
Brian Morton liner notes
Ted Chapin liner notes, producer
Terri Castillo Chapin liner notes, producer
Nick Lloyd mixed by
Michael Musillami mixed by, liner notes, executive-producer
Dena Katz photography by
Jimmy Katz photography by
John Sharpe photography by
Sakiko Nomura photography by
Steve Geaney photography by
John Verity photography by, cover & back cover photos
Album Tracks
No Title Artist Composer Duration
1Disc 1: Quartet 1995Thomas Chapin
2I've Got Your NumberThomas ChapinCy Coleman13:50
3MoonrayThomas ChapinArtie Shaw17:23
4OpuwoThomas ChapinThomas Chapin18:04
5You Don't Know MeThomas ChapinCindy Walker, Eddy Arnold10:18
6Scratch BoogieThomas ChapinThomas Chapin13:54
7Disc 2: Quartet 1995Thomas Chapin
8Ugly BeautyThomas ChapinThomas Chapin4:30
9Red CrossThomas ChapinThelonious Monk15:39
10Wichita LinemanThomas ChapinJimmy Webb11:19
11Never Let Me GoThomas ChapinJay Livingston, Ray Evans9:31
12Spanky HouseThomas ChapinThomas Chapin8:39
13Disc 3: Quartet 1996Thomas Chapin
14WhirlygigThomas ChapinThomas Chapin13:46
15Big MaybeThomas ChapinThomas Chapin15:15
16Flip SideThomas ChapinThomas Chapin13:23
17Sky PieceThomas ChapinThomas Chapin14:29
18LovellevellilloquiThomas ChapinRoland Kirk10:36
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