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.
Emmy award-winning composer Gary Remal Malkin paints the Smokies in orchestral colors, adding touches of mountain fiddle, Native American drums, and piano notes as soft and bright as raindrops. Appalachian melodies drift through like figments, presences from another time. A nostalgic solo flute calls out above shadowed chords, then soars over vast panoramas, propelled by distant drums. Evocative and deeply inspiring, this contemporary music captures the dignity of our American ancestry and heralds a vision of hope for the future.