John Zorn, alto sax on "Birdie" and "Chicken", Mario Pavone, Mike Sarin, drums, Thomas Chapin & Vernon Frazer, poetry on "Chicken"
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||Bad Birdie (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||10:12||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Menagerie Dreams (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||1:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Raise Four (Live)||Thomas Chapin Trio||7:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Night Hog (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||5:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Poignant Dream (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||7:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Drunken Monkey (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||12:50||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Day Dream (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||7:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Put Your Quarter In and Watch the Chicken Dance (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||10:36||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Foxwoods Stomp (Studio Recording)||Thomas Chapin Trio||8:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
One of the late Thomas Chapin's finest all-round recordings, this set starts out in somewhat startling fashion with screaming by Chapin and John Zorn on altos before settling down into a relatively straight-ahead jam. Zorn is on two selections (including one that includes poetry from Vernon Frazer) but otherwise this is a trio outing, showcasing Chapin on flute, baritone, soprano, and particularly alto while joined by bassist Mario Pavone and drummer Michael Sarin. While there are adventurous and free sections, Chapin also has the opportunity to play the blues (on Thelonious Monk's "Raise Four"), completely rework Duke Ellington's "Daydream" (which is given a Western motif by bassist Pavone), show off the influence of Eric Dolphy, and introduce such intriguing originals as "A Drunken Monkey" and "The Night Hog." Highly recommended.