Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn, Piano
Gerry Niewood - Saxophones, Flutes
Don Potter - Voice, Guitar, Dobro, Harmonica
Bat McGrath - Voice, Bass
Gap Mangione - Electric Piano
Esther Satterfield - Voice
Stanley Watson - Guitar
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded May 15, 1971 - Auditorium Theatre - Rochester, New York
As far as I'm concerned, Chuck Mangione is
nothing short of fantastic - as a musician and as a
person. I'd heard about him before I met him 10 years ago
at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. I had heard
stories of how great he was and I'd loved his Jazz Brothers
album which he'd done with his brother Gap. Bill Motzing,
now the sound man for Blood, Sweat and Tears, has told me that
at 15 Chuck was playing like a full grown adult - that was
it! He was so mature in his ways. At age 15, Chuck
sat in with Dizzy Gillespie and he was so impressed that he gave
Chuck a trumpet.
Chuck's always been a
leader. He had the great ability to get the best out of
musicians. Like we had a dance band for a few years while
I was at Eastman and Chuck was the conductor. Now most of
those guys were classical musicians who'd never been into Swing
in their lives - Chuck got them to swing like crazy! He's
a master at rehearsal psychology.
It was in that
dance band that I learned a lot from Chuck. As a matter of
fact, Chuck was a major influence on my musical life and style.
those days, I've performed with Chuck on many occasions and he's
improved with age. We did "Feel Of A Vision"
(which was on Chuck's last Mercury album "Friends And
Love") - which was written as my graduation recital - with
the New World Symphony at New York's Philharmonic Hall. We
did "Feel Of A Vision" and "Fire Watchers"
at a concert Chuck wrote, put together, and promoted a couple of
years ago in Rochester and we've worked together at other times,
and we will again. I'd perform with him for the rest of my
life if it was possible. Each time we've worked together,
it's been one of the most thoroughly satisfying experiences of
In my opinion, Chuck will be one of the
most sought after people in the music business very
shortly. A man who was as mature as Chuck at age 15 and
with what he's doing now - 10 years from now is something to
really look forward to.
trumpet - Blood Sweat and Tears
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