Chesapeake began with David Sampson’s desire to write for the members of the American Brass Quintet as individuals, and to create a recording that would stand on its own as a full recital. As a composer, this meant that the series of works had to have a flow of distinctiveness yet be connected by an innate style, and thus the music is conceived as one extended composition. Sampson (b. 1951 Charlottesville, Virginia) belongs to a small group of contemporary composers who have followed an autonomous path to success, recognition and, most importantly, the admiration and respect of the musicians performing and championing their work. Eschewing prescribed late 20th-century paths to success has led Sampson on an uncommon, richly rewarding avenue refreshingly individual in many aspects.

  1. Breakaway – Mvt. 1. Carving the Stone
  2. Breakaway – Mvt. 2. A Single Shot; Prayers and Chants
  3. Breakaway – Mvt. 3. Awakening
  4. Powell Trio – Mvt. 1. Flow
  5. Powell Trio – Mvt. 2. Stillwater
  6. Powell Trio – Mvt. 3. Eddies
  7. Three Sides – Mvt. I
  8. Three Sides – Mvt. II
  9. Three Sides – Mvt. III
  10. Just Keep Moving – Mvt. 1. Just Keep Moving
  11. Just Keep Moving – Mvt. 2. Looking Back
  12. Just Keep Moving – Mvt. 3. Scattered
  13. Just Keep Moving – Mvt. 4. Cleaning House
  14. Chesapeake – Mvt. 1. Morning in Annapolis – Setting Sail
  15. Chesapeake – Mvt. 2. Full and By
  16. Chesapeake – Mvt. 3. Bloody Point
  17. Chesapeake – Mvt. 4. St. Michaels – Crab Claw