Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn, Electric Piano
Gerry Niewood - Saxophones, Alto Flute
Tony Levin - Electric Bass
Steve Gadd - Drums
Recorded August 1972 at the
Arts Center on the Nazareth College campus, Rochester, New York
Mercury SRM 1 650
(Alive! was recorded by the Chuck Mangione
Quartet performing for flood relief August 1972 at the Arts
Center on the Nazareth College campus, Rochester, New York.)
"The music is the result of an experience
which began in June at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in
Switzerland and really blossomed during our three week stay at
Ronnie Scott's in London."
"Just being invited to perform at the
prestigious Montreaux Festival had everyone in the Quartet
excited, and since none of us had ever been to Europe, the trip
iteself has all of us freaked out!"
"Switzerland was breath-taking! The
mountains are so magnificent they humble you and yet there's a
feeling of energy from everything around you."
was no possible way we could have been prepared for the
reception the music received. We had traveled thousands of
miles to perform one hour for a foreign audience that had no
idea who the hell we were. The reaction was
fantastic! They were beautiful! Their rhythmic
applause demanded encores, and there even were immediate
invitations to other European festivals. The positive
comments from the other musicians had me dazed - but I really
flipped when Claude Nobs, the Montreauz Festival Director, said
that for a group with no previous appearance or record release
on the Continent this reaction was unprecedented in the
"As we prepared to
leave for London - to have imagined anything more than the
Montreaux experience would have been insane. Yet, looking
back - this was only the beginning."
stay at Ronnie Scott's was a whole 'nother thing.
Performing in one of the world's great music rooms six nights a
week for three weeks - opposite jazz violinist Stephanne
Grappelli - didn't leave much to be desired. In a way,
every night presented the same challenge Montreaux did because
each set we were introducing our music to a new audience.
And again the reaction was unbelievable."
the nights went by the band really began to feel at home, and
the music felt good. The only negative moments were the
reports about the floods back home. It was unreal.
Being so far away was a helpless feeling."
the end of the gig at Ronnie Scott's approached there was
something special happening with the music. It really felt
alive. This was music I wanted to share with all my