Allan Chase

Jazz Saxophonist, Composer, Educator



Ra Kalam Bob Moses & Allan Chase, Shamanic Soliloquies, Ra Kalam Records, recorded October 7, 2016; released 2018. Free improvised duets, overdubbed improvisations, and a composition by Ra Kalam Bob Moses. More info and links to audio at the bottom of this page.

Allan Chase, Phoenix, Jazz Project CD 2001, recorded July 21-22, 1996; released 2000. With Ron Horton (trumpet), Adam Kolker (tenor sax, alto fl., bass cl..), David Finck (bass), Lewis Nash (drums). More info at the bottom of this page.

 Allan Chase Quartet, Dark Clouds with Silver Linings, Accurate Records CD 5013, 1995. Jazz standards, compositions by Bud Powell, Horace Silver, and Sun Ra, and original compositions. Selected as one of the top ten jazz CD’s of 1995 by Bob Blumenthal in the Boston Globe, JazzIz, and others. Features Ron Horton (trumpet), Tony Scherr (bass), Matt Wilson (drums). More info at the bottom of this page.

• Joel Springer & Macuco Quintet, Friendly Signs, Joel Springer CD L0001. Recorded 7.5.16 & 8.15.17, released 2018. Springer’s compositions inspired by contemporary Brazilian music, and one piece by Julius Hemphill. Joel Springer, Rick Stone, and Allan Chase-saxophones; Fernando Huergo-electric bass; Austin McMahon-drums.

Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Down a Rabbit Hole, Summit Records DCD 732, recorded 2017 and 2015, released 2018. Featuring John Fedchock, George Garzone, and Sean Jones.

Bruno Råberg, For the Unknown, Orbis Music, 2016. Trio with Phil Grenadier (trumpet).

Bruno Råberg, Hot Box, Orbis Music, 2015. Quartet with Phil Grenadier (trumpet), Austin McMahon (drums).

Rich Greenblatt Sextet, My Take, Brass Taco 00261 41845, 2014. Original tunes for jazz sextet with Greg Hopkins (trumpet), Kevin Harris (piano), John Lockwood (bass), Bob Tamagni (drums).

Frank Walton-Yoron Israel Sextet, Live in Chicago, Han-Wal Productions CD HW9002, 2014. With Lance Bryant (tenor sax), Kevin Harris (piano), Avery Sharpe (bass), and Tony “Toca” Carpenter (congas and percussion), recorded at the University of Chicago January 24, 2014.

Luther Gray, Horns and Drums, Drums and Horns, Skycap, 2014.Trio with Jim Hobbs (alto sax).

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra, Why Do You Ride?, Leo Records CD LR 711, 2014.

Joe Mulholland, Unspoken, 2012. Original compositions for jazz quartet, with Bob Nieske (bass) and Bob Tamagni (drums).

Club D’Elf, Electric Moroccoland, Face Pelt CD, 2011. Two tracks with Mike Rivard (bass).

Bob Nieske 10, Fast Track, CIMP CD 396, 2010. 10-piece jazz band playing original compositions.

Darrell Katz and the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, A Wallflower in the Amazon, Accurate Records CD AC-5059, 2010.

SNAP, Boggy Creek Bop, Rufus Records CD RF076. Australian saxophone quartet’s CD with Phillip Johnston (soprano, alto sax) includes a version of “Wolftone” by Allan Chase.

Joe Morris, Bass Quartet, HatArt, 2009. Quartet with Taylor Ho Bynum (trumpet), Luther Gray (drums).

• Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Muse, Creative Nation Music CD CNM 015, 2008.

Steve Lantner Quartet, Given: Live in Münster, HatArt, 2009. Concert recording, Münster Jazz Festival, January 2007.

John McNeil, East Coast Cool, Omnitone, 2006. Jazz quartet with John Hebert, bass, and Matt Wilson,drums.

Steve Lantner Quartet, Paradise Road. Skycap CD CAP 028. Free jazz with Joe Morris (b), Luther Gray (d).

Brian Landrus, Forward, Cadence Jazz Records CD, March 2008 release. Jazz septet w/George Garzone (ts), Michael Cain (p), Bob Moses (d).

Rebecca Shrimpton and Eric Hofbauer, Madman’s Moon, Creative Nation Music CD CNM 007, 2005. Voice, guitar, saxophone.

Bruno Råberg, Chrysalis, Orbis Music OM0404, 2004. Jazz nonet with Donny McCaslin (ts), Mick Goodrick (gtr).

Bruno Råberg, Ascencio, Orbis Music, 2002. Jazz quartet with Phil Grenadier (trumpet).

John McNeil, Fortuity, SteepleChase SCCD31499, 2001. Jazz quartet; includes two Chase compositions.

Triocracy. Three-horn jazz trio with JC Sanford (tbn), Jason Hunter (ts/ss).

Ralph Rosen, So Taken, Tworks 01402, 2001.

Joe Mulholland, Eye Music, Rose Records, 2000. Jazz sextet.

Prima Materia featuring Rashied Ali, Configuration, released 2009. Blue Music Group. Louie Belogenis-tenor saxophone; Allan Chase-alto & soprano saxophones; Greg Murphy-piano; Wilbur Morris-bass; Rashied Ali-drums. Recorded at Ali’s Survival Studio. Compositions from Coltrane’s Stellar Regions.

Walter Thompson Orchestra, The Colonel: Compositions and Sound Paintings, Nine Winds CD, 1998.

Phillip Johnston, Normalology, Eighth Day CD EDM 80007, 1997. Original music for jazz septet with four saxophones from the founder of the Microscopic Septet.

Vision Volume One: Vision Festival 1997 Compiled (with Rashied Ali and Prima Materia), Aum Fidelity CD 007/8.

Michael Callen, Legacy, Significant Other, 1996. Singer-songwriter and AIDS activist.

Prima Materia, Bells, Knitting Factory Works CD 190, 1996. Jazz quintet with Rashied Ali playing their interpretation of Albert Ayler's composition "Bells."

Prima Materia, Meditations, Knitting Factory Works CD 180, 1996.Jazz quintet with Rashied Ali playing their interpretation of John Coltrane's composition "Meditations."

Prima Materia, Peace on Earth (music of John Coltrane), Knitting Factory Works CD 158, 1995. Sextet including Rashied Ali, William Parker, and John Zorn performing reinterpretations John Coltrane's music.

Marimolin, Natural Highs, Catalyst/BMG Records, 1995. Contemporary chamber music for marimba, violin, and saxophone. Selected as CD of the Month by CD Review.

John Zorn, Cobra: Live at the Knitting Factory, Knitting Factory Works CD124, 1995. An improvisational game composition by John Zorn.

Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, Wolftone, Coppens CD 3007, 1994.Jazz saxophone quartet playing original compositions, arrangements, and improvisations, including eight pieces by Allan Chase.

Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, Plutonian Nights, Coppens CD 3006, 1991. Selected as one of the ten best jazz recordings of 1991-2 by The Village Voice, Jazz Times, and Cadence.

Dominique Eade, The Ruby and the Pearl, Accurate CD 3924, 1991. Jazz quintet including Stanley Cowell (p), John Lockwood (b), and Alan Dawson (d).

Orange Then Blue, Funkallero, GM Records CD 3023, 1991. Jazz big band.

Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, Boogie Stop Shuffle, Coppens CD 3004, 1990. Original compositions and arrangements for jazz saxophone quartet.

Various Artists, Bo-Town Does Mo-Town, Fast Track Records CD FT9003. “Cold Sweat” with Myanna Pontoppidan (tenor sax) on a compilation of Boston bands.

Joe Mulholland Sextet, Speaking for Myself, Bridge Records CD 1001, 1990. Jazz sextet.

Darrell Katz with the Jazz Composers' Alliance Orchestra, Dreamland, Cadence CJR 1053, 1989. Jazz orchestra featuring Julius Hemphill.

Gunther Schuller, Jumpin' in the Future, GM Records CD 3010, 1988. Jazz big band performing Schuller's compositions and arrangements.

• Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, What's Gone, Coppens CD 3002, 1988. Original compositions and arrangements for jazz saxophone quartet.

Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, The Walkman, Coppens CD 3001, 1987. Original compositions and arrangements for jazz saxophone quartet.

Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, YOUR Records LP 1001, 1985. Original compositions and arrangements for jazz saxophone quartet.

Victor Mendoza, Victor Mendoza, Tortilla Records LP 847001, 1984. Latin jazz sextet with Bruce Arnold (guitar), Javier Pérez Saco (piano), Oscar Stagnaro (bass), Ed Uribe (drums).

Composers in Red Sneakers, Composers in Red Sneakers, Northeastern Records LP 220, 1984. Contemporary chamber music by Boston composers.

Various Artists, Hit the Floor, Gender Records LP, 1984. Two songs with the AlphaBettys: Desaray Hosey (guitar, voice), Donyne Cowan (bass), D. Sharpe (drums), Jim Arhelger (percussion).

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Magnetic Flip, Ace of Hearts Records LP AHS 10018, 1984. Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet joins electronic quartet of Roger Miller, Erik Lindgren, Martin Swope, and Rick Scott.

Allan Chase and Chuck Marohnic, Duo, cassette only, 1984. Jazz piano-alto saxophone duo.

Men & Volts, *Hootersville, Eat Records LP EAT 015, 1983. Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet joins avant-rock band on ibe tracjm “Turkey Talk.”

Lewis Nash-Allan Chase Duo, Nash-Chase I and Nash-Chase II, cassettes only, 1980. Live and studio recordings produced by John Dixon.

• Horn parts on some other rock, pop, and R&B recordings, 1979-1996.


Unreleased recordings (as of January 2019):

• Allan Chase Trio (with Jon Damian-guitar, Bob Nieske-bass), recorded 2005 at PBS by Peter Kontrimas. Jazz and Brazilian standards and originals.

Allan Chase, Uri Caine, Cecil McBee, and Rashied Ali, ICA 9.11.2000 Allan Chase-alto, soprano, and baritone saxes, Uri Caine-piano, Cecil McBee-bass, Rashied Ali-drums. Live concert at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, recorded by Joel Gordon.


Film Music Credits

Faithful, a feature film directed by Paul Mazursky, 1995. Played all alto and soprano saxophone solos (improvised and composed). Score by Phillip Johnston.

The Music of Chance, a feature film directed by Phillip Haas, 1993. Played all alto saxophone solos (improvised and composed). Score by Phillip Johnston.

Money Man, a BBC/PBS documentary directed by Phillip Haas, 1992. Played all alto saxophone solos (improvised and composed).

•Saxophone soloist and arranger, music for public television documentaries, television advertisements, and industrial films, 1979-96.

Shamanic Soliloquies

Shamanic Soliloquies

Shamanic Soliloquies - Ra Kalam Bob Moses & Allan Chase

I’ve been listening to Ra Kalam Bob Moses on records since the early 70s and first heard him live when the Gary Burton Quartet visited Arizona State University when I was a student in 1976, just before Pat Metheny’s “Bright Size Life” made him even more well known. We first played together in the mid-1980s in various settings. I was honored when he asked me to record duets with him for this album, including free improvisations, overdubbed improvisations, and his composition “Pure and Simple Being.” I play alto, soprano, and baritone saxophones. Two tracks feature me playing Eric Dolphy’s alto, the one he played up to the last year of his life when he got a new Selmer (thanks to Krivati Jim Warshauer). We recorded three times: October 8 and December 19, 2016, and January 11, 2017, and the CD and digital album were released in fall 2018. David J. Sullivan engineered the recordings. The music is also available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music, and several other sites. Liner notes here.

Allan Chase, Phoenix, Jazz Project CD 2001, recorded 7/96, released 2000. Featuring Allan Chase (as, ss), Ron Horton (tpt, flhn), Adam Kolker (ts, bcl, afl), David Finck (b), Lewis Nash (d).

Allan Chase, Phoenix, Jazz Project CD 2001, recorded 7/96, released 2000. Featuring Allan Chase (as, ss), Ron Horton (tpt, flhn), Adam Kolker (ts, bcl, afl), David Finck (b), Lewis Nash (d).

PHOENIX - Allan Chase

In the last weeks of my six years living in Brooklyn, NY, I decided to take my dear friend (and amazing drummer, probably the most recorded jazz drummer of his generation) Lewis Nash up on his offer to record an album together. Lewis and I had met and begun playing together in college at Arizona State University in 1976, and played as a duo in 1979-80. We had only played a few times since he moved to New York to join Betty Carter in 1981. I loved Lewis’s playing with bassist David Finck on Steve Kuhn’s Looking Back CD. I didn’t know David, but I knew he and Lewis had a great connection. Ron Horton (trumpet, flügelhorn) was part of my quartet at the time, and had played beautifully on my previous CD. Adam Kolker (tenor sax, bass clarinet, alto flute) was a good friend since the ‘80s in Boston, and we often played and hung out. He joined us on four tracks where his woodwind versatility and improvisational gifts augmented the band and arrangements. I wrote simple arrangements of a wide variety of tunes with the intention of saying something about Lewis’s and my history growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, and the range of musics in my home and that city. I thought it was odd and even a risk to open with a Burt Bacharach tune (“Here I Am,” a love them from What’s New, Pussycat?), but I found out that Lewis had just recorded a whole Bacharach album with McCoy Tyner, and a bunch of my downtown/Knitting Factory compatriots had just contributed to John Zorn’s Bacharach tribute. Putting this out a few years after the recording on my joint label with Cercie Miller, Jazz Project, while chairing the NEC Jazz Studies program, working as assistant provost/dean of faculty there, and raising two young sons was a little too ambitious. We never really promoted the album and it only sold at gigs and in small numbers via Cadence/North Country, so few have heard it. It was recorded by Jon Rosenberg at Tom Tedesco’s studio in Paramus, New Jersey on July 21 and 22, 1996, and mastered by Jon Rosenberg.

Allan Chase Quartet, Dark Clouds with Silver Linings, Accurate Records CD 5013, recorded 12/94, released 1995. Featuring Allan Chase (as, ss), Ron Horton (tpt, flhn), Tony Scherr (b), Matt Wilson (d).

Allan Chase Quartet, Dark Clouds with Silver Linings, Accurate Records CD 5013, recorded 12/94, released 1995. Featuring Allan Chase (as, ss), Ron Horton (tpt, flhn), Tony Scherr (b), Matt Wilson (d).

DARK Clouds with Silver Linings - Allan Chase Quartet

My first real recording as a leader was recorded on the last two days of 1994 at the great Sear Sound studio in Manhattan with Jon Rosenberg engineering. The album features a quartet of Allan Chase (alto & soprano saxophones), Ron Horton (trumpet & flügelhorn), Tony Scherr (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums). I had known and played often with Matt Wilson in Boston since the mid-1980s and we moved to Brooklyn around the same time and were neighbors, often doing sessions and socializing together. I met Ron Horton through my friend, flutist/composer Jamie Baum, and Tony Scherr was one of the most prominent and versatile young bassists on the scene; I think I met him through pianist Dave Berkman. Tony and Matt had very briefly played together in the Woody Herman band. We rehearsed during the fall of 1994. I developed a repertoire that emphasized music of pianists for this pianoless group: songs composed by or associated with Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Lorraine Geller, Sun Ra, and Ahmad Jamal. At the time, a lot of people I knew in the mainstream jazz community thought our “chordless” group playing tunes with changes sounded a bit strange, but I was attracted to the way the harmonic structure emerges through counterpoint. (Not through any influence of mine, but shortly after this, 2-horn quartets started appearing much more often: Joe Lovano’s, for example.) Although I was very involved with free jazz and free improvisation at the time, for this project, I was thinking of Sonny Rollins’s quartet with Don Cherry, Gerry Mulligan, Kenny Dorham’s 2 Horns / 2 Rhythm, and Jimmy Giuffre’s quartet with Shorty Rogers more than Ornette Coleman. (We did record two Ornette tunes, “Compassion” and “Mothers of the Veil,” but they weren’t the best ones for release.) With help from publicist Anne Braithwaite, nice articles in Downbeat and Jazz Times, inclusion in some year-end Top 10 lists, Rounder Records’ manufacturing and distribution, and some nice attention to Jon Rosenberg’s engineering from audiophile magazines (plus a huge number of promotional copies sent out and finding their way to used record stores), this CD was heard by a lot of people and had a positive impact on my career in jazz performance and education. Listen on Spotify.