The melodies of Nightsongs and Lullabies are reminiscent of the simplicity of the solo piano pieces from Tender Ritual and Dusk, but Jim opts here, instead, to share the spotlight with one other performer on several of the songs — a harmonica here, an oboe there, a cello here, a vocalist there and so on. Nightsongs and Lullabies is a gift of music for adults and children alike — to listen to during your favorite part of the day. Whether you share these melodies with your loved one or with your child, or keep them all to yourself, this is music for the quiet times, from a very special artist, Jim Chappell.
A fan captures Chappell’s Michigan summers inspiration for this album: “A series of musical vignettes that recall the innocence of childhood, almost magical in transporting the listener to that lost and happy time. All top quality and refreshingly engaging…”
This album was created for all the people who have loved my solo piano music throughout the years,” says Jim Chappell. In the midst of enjoying a successful contemporary jazz career with his group Hearsay, Chappell pauses to give us Laughter at Dawn, his first solo piano album in eight years. Fifteen new songs capture the enchanting, romantic melodies reminiscent of Tender Ritual and Dusk. If you like the solo piano music of Jim Chappell, you’ll love waking up to Laughter at Dawn.
With its strong Contemporary Jazz feel, In Search of the Magic is pianist/compsers/arranger Jim Chappell's most rhythmic album to date. It was recorded “live” in the studio utilizing his touring band (sax, bass, and drums) with the addition of percussion and electric and acoustic guitars. The trademark Chappell melodies remain intact: In Search of the Magic makes a strong statement once again about his continually evolving talents.
Though there are some similarities to Jim’s first album Tender Ritual, the Dusk recording has a presence and feeling all its own. Warm, deep, and moving…these are beautiful piano songs that you can listen to over and over again. Featured is the poignant track “Gone”, which has become a Chappell classic.