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Jim Chappell

Smooth jazz pianist Jim Chappell was born and raised in Michigan, initially influenced by the pop songcraft of the Beatles and Jimmy Webb. After spending the better part of his early adult years traveling across the country, he settled in Nashville and became a songwriter; finding the work unfulfilling, however, Chappell relocated to California, where he found work as an accompanist for the modern dance department at UCLA. He self-released his debut album, Tender Ritual, in 1986, selling over 12,000 copies of the record by traveling from store to store; Chappell then signed to Music West, where he issued a series of LPs including Dusk, Living the Northern Summer, and Nightsongs and Lullabies. Moving to Real Music, he scored his biggest hit to date with In Search of the Magic, followed in quick succession by Over the Top, Manila Nights, and Laughter at Dawn. Chappell's debut release for new label Gallery Records, Acadia, appeared in 1996. The pianist was then absent from the studio for a number of years before re-emerging after the turn of the millennium with 2003’s Serenity Rush on his Unspeakable Freedom Music label. Other Unspeakable Freedom releases would follow, including Coming Through in 2005, Sad Music Moods and Comfort Songs in 2008, Panorama in 2010, and A Morning Full of Mood in 2011. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Cool and makes me com
soothing
katyjo50
He is absolutely wonderful. I love all his songs.
shangahn
I love it:)
shangahn
This what I call relaxing
SPACES BETWEEN SPEAKS TO THE SOUL.<><>€€€ ¥ £ £ £ £ £
He is one of the finest jazz and new age pianist today. All of his music is superb.
Nice and Moving.
jwj1089
Reminds me of Liz Story from early 80's....love l y !
martigalione
Jim Chappell, what can I say. How beautiful your talent. I can't wait to hear more.
genomelogix
I hope he will have a concert in the Bay Area
Very nice movement
srsailor3
A moving addition to Steven C. Radio on Pandora.
pjw48
So beautiful and puts me in a mood to write poetry.
gatomediaed
this person has what it takes.
Love his music---He is truly an artist and his music plays in my house all day....
mdmarko
Superb. Have been listening to Jim's music for about 25 years now.
What a great pianist!!! I've been listening to his music for some time now and it never gets old.
mjhill18
He's awesome!!
i agree!!! this is definately music to relax with!!!
Wow...
That's all I can say
Touches my soul and leaves me feeling peaceful and serene. A hidden treasure of talent!
I attended a small concert in Pebble Beach in 1995. I was immediately and permanently hooked.
mthomp3
Refreshing
his music is beautiful and soothes my soul. helps me breathe again when life gets to overwhelming
Lovely. Soothing. Even in the midst of interruption s and studying. Inspires breathing. Wonderful!
Anyone influenced by Jimmy Web and the Beatles has to have something to say.
dudleyonline
Love this guy's music. Very mellow. Very Nice.
This was my first and only concert that I watched in Manila. It was a night of splendored and magical performance. I have come to love this artist, he is soooo good !!!
In 1979 I heard Tender Ritual. I was blown away. I have all but one of his albums. His music remains ageless....
williamfsanf o r d
When I first read about the songs in "Living the Northern Summer" about some were of him and his dad and the memories he put into his music, I was floored. It took me right back to things Dad and I used to do. Great artist.
garyroche8
...predictab l e . . .
stroopd
I'm impressed... .
elliottgj
cool.
my first time listening. I'm awed.
To Mandy, Gilberto, dmajor, and others:
You all seem like such nice people. You appreciate the stillness and peace and beauty in this music. Me too. I feell that Chappell is much more sensitive and romantic than George Winston, although in the same genre.
I am enjoying the calm reflection I feel when I listen to this music
blessedtag
I am happy I found this artist. He appeared on my Mannheim Steamroller station. I am sure I will make a station strictly with music similiar to that of this artist.
oh, he has some really nice music
not sure who's on the vocals but he's certainly masterful.
gidilo
This is my first time listenning this beutiful melodies.
It is hard to find the right words to describe how your spirit-mind start relaxing while your ears are enjoying of this wonder!
i5m2003
jim was sent from above! his kind of music was very touching and uplifting..
Any ideas on where to get the sheet music for his song Spirit Prince off the Dusk CD? I have been looking for that for quite some time. He is an amazing artist!
chinadoll201 0 1
Introduced to this awesome artist, by my best friend 12 years ago, I'd come home to days of her composing his music on the living room floor. Unbelievable ear she had for his works. When I hear Jim Chappell it is the only time in life (other than flying), when I feel free.
I like his playing very much with its simple chord structure

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