The Allan Chase Quartet

b. Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Alto and soprano saxophonist Allan Chase moved to Boston in 1980 to study with pianist Jaki Byard. Interestingly, when he came to record in the 90s, it was very much piano pieces…
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b. Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Alto and soprano saxophonist Allan Chase moved to Boston in 1980 to study with pianist Jaki Byard. Interestingly, when he came to record in the 90s, it was very much piano pieces that informed his musical doctrine, leading some critics to describe his Dark Clouds With Silver Linings set as a ‘pianoless record of piano pieces.’ Among the tunes collected were pieces by artists as diverse as Lorraine Geller, Sun Ra, Bud Powell and Horace Silver. By this time Chase had established his name performing in the John Coltrane -influenced group Prima Materia, alongside Rashied Ali. He had also written an ethnomusicology thesis on Sun Ra for his master’s degree. His other musical activities included playing with the well-regarded Boston four-piece, Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, and a stint in New York as part of Walter Thompson’s big band. Dark Clouds With Silver Linings was his attempt to establish himself as a solo artist rather than merely to embellish his growing reputation as a collaborator. It featured long-standing associates Ron Horton (trumpet), Tony Scherr (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums), and as DownBeat magazine noted, displayed ‘a pristine melodicism and spacious sense of time.’