Chimpanzee was the debut CD for the Ben Swift Band. The group, composed of singer/songwriter/guitarist Swift, trombonist Dan Fox, and percussionist Scott Kessel, had already created a stir on the East Coast club circuit, when they made the album in 1998. The live shows, which featured the virtuosic improvisational abilities of the band members, had captivated a wide range of music lovers. The studio record, produced and mixed by Swift, sought to capture the songs in a more focused fashion. All of the tracks have been used on major television shows. 'Walking Away' and 'I Believe' have proven to be particular favorites of music supervisors to this day.