An Evening Of Magic
Live At The Hollywood Bowl
Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn, Keyboards
Chris Vadala - Saxophones and Flutes
Grant Geissman - Classical, Electric, and Acoustic Guitars
Charles Meeks - Bass
James Bradley, Jr. - Drums
70 Piece Orchestra
Feels So Good
The XIth Commandment
Chase The Clouds Away
Hill Where The Lord Hides
Doin' Everything With You
Love The Feelin'
I Get Crazy
Land Of Make Believe
Hide And Seek
The Day After (Our First Night Together)
Children Of Sanchez (Main Theme)
Children Of Sanchez (Finale)
Feels So Good (Encore)
Recorded Live At The Hollywood Bowl, July 16, 1978
Hip-O A&M Records 828 396 701 2
All music composed and arranged by Chuck Mangione
Main Squeeze composed by: C. Mangione, D. Grolnick, B. Mann, J. Tropea,
T. Levin, R. MacDonald, R. Tee, S. Gadd
B'Bye string arrangement: Bill Reichenbach
SATURDAY, JULY 15, 1978. LAST STEP BEFORE BIG
DAY. Final countdown to moment Chuck heard in his head for six
months. Inside A&M Soundstage Chuck rehearses huge string
section. Concertmaster Gerry Vinci assembled the strings.
Members of L.A. Philharmonic and studio musicians - most haven't
seen Chuck's music before! Chuck's musical coordinator Jeff
Tkazyik works with the brass section - same musicians who
already toured with Chuck. Panic begins. Only 9 rehearsal hours
scheduled to prepare orchestra musicians. Rehearsals would
usually be at Hollywood Bowl. Impossible today. L.A.
Philharmonic does 1812 Overture tonight. Therefore Chuck and Co.
not allowed to set up in Bowl until next morning, day of
SUNDAY, JULY 16. MADNESS. 6a.m. - stage
crews at Bowl set up risers, mikes, lights, house sound
equipment, remote recording equipment, endless technicalities.
10 a.m. - musical rehearsal scheduled to begin. Can't start.
Still working out complications with sound and recording gear.
Fears of rain-out gone. Blazing sun fills the bowl. Fears of
heat exhaustion set in. Recording 70 musicians very complex.
Even more so outdoors in unique pace like Bowl - capacity of
18,000 with the last row an eighth-mile from stage. Problems
mount. Baffles around quartet make it difficult for Chuck to
hear strings. Sun melts orchestra. Amp blows up. Piano
overheats. Horn valves stick. Musicians sweat it out. 1 p.m. -
Under shades and umbrellas final 3 hour rehearsal comes to an
end - feels like 200 degrees onstage - actually only near 100.
Royal insanity. Never enough time to run through all musical
material - even once.
TRAFFIC IS INCREDIBLE. By 4
p.m. bumper-to-bumper for next three hours. People looking for
spaces everywhere. Chuck and quartet stay at nearby hotel to
avoid missing concert. 18,000 fans arrive in cars, buses,
trucks, on bicycles, on foot with picnic baskets of every
description. Food. Drink. Elaborate spreads. Feasts for a Sunday
Concert billing: "Chuck Mangione Feels
So Good at the Hollywood Bowl." Hottest ticket in town.
Everybody buzzing about this one. Concert sold out for weeks.
5:30 p.m. - Temperature drops to cool 75 degrees. Backstage,
Chuck's personal goals: play great concert for 18,000 people;
West Coast premiere of "Children of Sanchez" music: chance to
record his music "live" with 70 musicians. Recording this
concert for a live album, a "one take" situation - not several
performances to choose from. 7 p.m. - unusually early starting
time because of large amount of music to be played - concert
begins in broad daylight. Chuck appears on stage with no
spotlight and no announcement as 15,000 of expected 18,000
already seated - other 3,000 come in during opening numbers.
From first note of "Feels So Good" Chuck remembers "a sea of
By third tune, "Chase the Clouds
Away" everyone has arrived as the majesty of Mangione's music
sets in. Chuck leads the way. The quartet floats. The orchestra
soars. The excitement rages. The night falls. And in the
darkness it becomes clear: Mangione's music transforms reality
into fantasy. His melodies exude warmth and compassion. And
along with his soulful flugelhorn and keyboard, several things
make this night very special. The throb of a Charles Meeks bass
lines. The clarity of a Grant Geissman riff. The crackle of a
James Bradley drum. The sensuality of a Chris Vadala reed. The
sheer power of 70 people making music together.
Ask anyone who was there. It was truly an evening of magic.