But for the last two years, Chin has hunkered down to record reggae trumpet sounds, his debut album which was recently released by Upstairs Music out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
“I never really have the time to do any projects, an’ when you doing an album you have to take time an’ do it properly,” Chin explained.
The album has five originals including Marianna, Chin’s nod to his grand-daughter. He covers Jimmy Cliff’s classic You Can Get It If You Really Want, and Cry Me A River, a soul ballad originally done in the 1960s by Barbadian singer Jackie Opel.
Chin learnt the rudiments of the trumpet during the late 1960s from Babe O’Brien — who also nurtured the playing of saxophonist Dean Fraser.
While he was a member of the New Vibrations band in West Kingston, Chin’s first big assignment was with Lloyd Parkes and the People band which he joined in 1976.
That gig opened several doors for Chin, especially with Dennis Brown for whom ‘We The People’ was the official touring band.
Chin also played on some of Brown’s biggest hits such as Concrete Castle King, Foul Play and Love Has Found Its Way. He can be heard on Bob Marley’s Survival album, Jimmy Cliff’s Special and Mama Africa by Peter Tosh.
In recent years, Chin has toured with Aston ‘Familyman’ Barrett’s Wailers. Three years ago, he moved to South Florida where he is a regular on the club scene.