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Allan Chase
Dark Clouds with Silver Linings 
(AC-5013, released 1995)

Alto/soprano saxophonist Allan Chase has appeared on twenty jazz recordings, including six with Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet, and a recent release with Prima Materia "Peace on Earth Music of John Coltrane," with Coltrane's last drummer, Rashied Ali. Now Chase's first date as a leader has taken jazz critics by storm.

Chase, who wrote his master's thesis on the music of Sun Ra, has unearthed a brilliant selection of interesting material, here ranging from obscure Bud Powell numbers (Comin' Up, Borderick), unexpected standards (Poinciana, East of the Sun, Of Thee I Sing, How Little We Know, Close Your Eyes) and the otherwise unknown, Sun Ra-penned title tune.


"One of the most entertaining and engaging CDs of the year."
-Bob Young, Boston Herald

"A coolly adventurous quartet [which] keenly recalls Mulligan & Baker for counterpoint and brevity, Rollins & Cherry for wit and width." 

-Fred Bouchard, JazzTimes

"Top 10 for 1995...walks the tradition/exploration line with as much assurance (not to mention hard swing) as any recent release." 

-Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe

"This album is so good we keep thinking it's some kind of mistake after all, where's the hype? The Quartet conjure an exquisite cross between the early Ornette Coleman Quartet and the Modern Jazz Quartet. In its ensemble richness, the Chase unit also resembles the early Miles Davis small groups." 

-Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

Personnel: Allan Chase, as, ss; Ron Horton, tp, fl; Tony Scherr, bs; Matt Wilson, dms.

Tracks: 1.Dark Clouds with Silver Linings; 2.Poinciana; 3.Comin' Up;
4.How Little We Know; 5.Borderick; 6.Close Your Eyes; 7.East of the Sun;
8.Routine; 9.Of Thee I Sing; 10.Dismal; 11.Yeah; 12.Theme from "The Clamdiggers."