Reviews that mention Thomas Chapin

January 19, 2004


Toronto 1997
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All deaths are unexpected and untimely, and never more so than when the person is young and talented. Judging from the tribute CDs that have been released since that time, the death from leukemia of saxophonist/flutist Thomas Chapin at 40 in 1998 was particularly affecting. About six months before that the reedist, already contending with the disease and sustained chemotherapy, played a reunion concert in Toronto with pianist Borah Bergman with whom he had recorded the duo disc MU in 1992. The result is a short -- about 45 minutes -- but sweet, essay on the art of improvisation from two of its more profound practitioners. MORE