Never Let Me Go Reviews

Tim Niland, Music and More

December 2012

Thomas Chapin was an extraordinary saxophonist and flute player, equally comfortable leading avant grade or mainstream bands. He infused his music with pure joy, and that can be heard here in a band that features Chapin in a quartet setting with three discs of live music from 1995-96. The music often spins out at great length, but the players are always in control, playing riveting versions of the "Moon Ray" and Charlie Parker's "Red Cross." Even oddball pop tunes like"Wichita Lineman" work well, with the band spinning off from the melodies and weaving elaborate solos. This is a very powerful and important package of music from an artist who was taken far too soon.