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Reginald Chapman
Prototype
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Between working towards a doctoral degree in jazz studies and touring internationally in bands such as Foxygen, multi-instrumentalist and composer Reginald Chapman constructs sprawling numbers from his home studio in Champaign, Illinois. On his new collection, Prototype — produced by Stone Throw's DJ Harrison and released with esteemed modern soul label Fresh Selects — Chapman leads the grooves on a custom-built bass trombone, arranging contributions from a supporting cast on trombones, saxophones, trumpets, keys, bass, and drums. The elaborate instrumentals open various dialogues for today, including an urgent rendition of "We Shall Overcome," which he says, "combines a cry for racial equality and personal freedoms of the Negro spiritual," with elements of John Coltrane’s 1964 album, A Love Supreme.

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