Bass trombonist Reginald Chapman returns to Richmond this Wednesday for the release of “Prototype” [Fresh Selects].
It’s a rare appearance for a onetime local fixture, known for his horn and megaphone work with NoBS! Brass and leading a series of whip-smart small ensembles like UTV Chamber and Pressure Fit. Now Chapman is based in Brooklyn, finishing his doctorate, and stepping out onto the world stage with the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra.
From its angular cadenza opening, the new CD is a solid representation of Chapman’s musical charms. There are nods to standards with “You Go to My Head,” featuring Sam Reed, echoes of NoBS! In the reworked versions of the familiar “Hoodie,” and a timely, ambitious arrangement of “We Shall Overcome.”
The lineup is RVA-rich, including most of NoBS! Brass and Butcher Brown.
The all-star band in the Rabbit Hole features Devonne Harris on drums, trumpeter Marcus Tenney, bassist Andrew Randazzo, guitar wunderkind Morgan Burrs, and Charlottesville saxophonist Charles Owens. It might be a good idea to arrive early.
Reginald Chapman's “Prototype” Album Release show will take place in the Rabbit Hole, downstairs at Vagabond on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Doors at 8. Free admission, but bring money for the disc.