Come back with me now to 1974 for this live performance of Bochawa by Chase, led by trumpeter Bill Chase, with Jay Sollenberger helping him out on the mic. Bill Chase was one of the preeminent lead players of his day, having worked with Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman before going solo. He recorded three studio albums—Chase, Ennea, Pure Music—before his death in a plane crash in 1974 along with keyboardist Wally Yohn, drummer Walter Clark and guitarist John Emma. Somewhat ironically, the first song on Chase is titled Open Up Wide, and the last song on Pure Music is titled Close Up Tight.
The audio on this recording is not great, but there’s a raw energy and freedom to the performance that doesn’t come across in the highly produced studio album. Below is the studio version, about half as long, and certainly slicker.