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Clifton "Jiggs" Chase
Clifton (* 1940) is a jazz-funk organ player, composer, and influential record producer from New Jersey, USA. One of the earliest known recordings is his organ playing on the 1964 Joe Thomas recording "Speak Your Piece". In 1976, he did a record date in New York as a side-man to tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders on the album "Pharoah". During the 1980s he was an in-house arranger and producer for Sugar Hill Records.
Alongside contemporaries Herbie Hancock and Afrika Bambaataa, "Jiggs" contributed to hip hop's acoustic to electronic transformation. He also received co-writing credit on the Sugar Hill hit "Apache", which contains one of the most widely sampled breakbeats in history. Additional credits include arranging "That's the Joint" by the Funky Four Plus One and "My Favorite Person" by the O'Jays. Chase was the in house producer/arranger at Sugar Hill Recording Studio in Englewood, NJ which was destroyed in a fire in 2002. Clifton also co-wrote many 80's dance tracks with influential hi-nrg producer & composer Bobby Orlando.
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Speak Your Piece
Sue LP 1025
released 1964
recorded 1963
Joe Thomas, tenor sax, flute
Bill Elliott, drums
Robbie Porter, baritone sax
Jimmy McLinton, guitar
Jiggs Chase, organ
Comin' Home
Cobblestone CBS-7001
released 1968
Joe Thomas, flute
Jimmy Wilkinson, guitar
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
Jiggs Chase, organ
Robby Porter, baritone sax
Kenny Polland, drums
Natural Soul
Prestige PRST 7541
released 1968
recorded November 1967 in Englewood Cliffs, NJ/USA
Buddy Terry, tenor sax, flute
Joe Thomas, tenor sax, flute
Robbie Porter, baritone sax
Woody Shaw, trumpet, flugelhorn
Wally Richardson, guitar
Jiggs Chase, organ
Larry Young, organ, piano
Jimmy Lewis, bass
Eddie Gladden, drums
The Terry Girls, vocals
Joy Of Cookin'
Groove Merchant GM 504
released 1972
Joe Thomas, flute
Seldon Powell, tenor sax
Arthur F. Clarke, baritone sax
Billy Phipps, baritone sax
Robbie Porter, baritone sax
Garrett Brown, trombone
Ernest Royal, trumpet
Jimmy Ponder, guitar
David A. Spinozza, guitar
Jiggs Chase, organ
Gordon H. Edwards, bass
Kenny Pollard, drums
Bill La Vorgna, drums
Gordon Powell, congas
Indiana Navigation 1027
released 1977
recorded August/September 1976 in USA
Pharoah Sanders, tenor sax, percussion, vocals
Bedria Sanders, harmonium
Tisziji Muñoz, guitar
Clifton "Jiggs" Chase, organ
Steve Neil, bass
Greg Bandy, drums
Lawrence Killian, percussion

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