Chuck Mangione The Chuck Mangione Quartet on 180g Import LP from Speakers Corner
Now – in which pigeonhole that the innumerable self-proclaimed jazz critics like to create does this release from 1971 fit? Jazz-rock, jazz-fusion, soul-jazz-rock-fusion, electro-fusion-pop? Perhaps we can all agree that we should just enjoy these quartet recordings!
These recordings, all of them absolutely fantastic numbers, have been made by flugelhornist Chuck Mangione with his marvelous quartet without a piano in a sort of 'jam session'. The band members are absolutely top notch with Ron Davis on drums, Joel DiBartolo on the double bass, and Gerry Niewood (still underestimated and mostly known as a sideman) on the soprano saxophone and flute (which is his foremost instrument although the more hushed one).
On this LP, which has long been out of print, Chuck Mangione comes into the limelight in wonderfully melodic and mellow solos such as "Land Of Make Believe" and "Little Sunflower" – and the latter certainly needs not fear a comparison with the original by Freddie Hubbard! And "Manha De Carnival," composed by guitarist Luis Bonfá is especially worth listening to for the amazing improvisations which have been set down for all times.
Mercury’s recording technology was of the very best in the '70s, and that is readily apparent when listening to this recording on a new high-end 180g vinyl LP from Speakers Corner which only elevates the wonderful sonics of the original pressing!
- Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn, percussion)
- Gerry Niewood (flute, soprano saxophone, tuba, guiro)
- Joel DiBartolo (bass)
- Ron Davis (drums, conga, percussion)
Chuck Mangione The Chuck Mangione Quartet Track Listing:
1. Land of Make Believe
2. Self Portrait
3. Little Sunflower
5. Manha de Carnival