Chuck Mangione - Flugelhorn
Gerry Niewood - Saxophones and Flutes
Joe LaBarbera - Drums
Chip Jackson - Electric Bass
Esther Satterfield - Vocal
A&M Records CD 3115
All music composed and arranged by Chuck Mangione
Since music is the love of my life, it's really
essential that I have a quartet that is completely sympathetic
to all the different ways I like to be and feel with
music. This is why it's such a treat for me to have my
music played by Joe, Chip and Gerry.
wildest feeling when I hear these very heavy musicians
interpreting the music exactly the way it sounded in my head the
first time my imagination conceived it. This is what
Gerry, Chip and Joe give to me - the realization of my musical
dreams. Every day I look forward to performing with them.
LaBarbera is the most sensitive drummer I've ever performed
with. I don't know many others who have the flexibility to
cover both the quartet and orchestra music as well as he
does. He is capable of handling any musical direction I
might choose. Moe has given my music a flow it's never
Chip Jackson had made the
quartet sound much bigger than four, because his imaginative
playing brings a chordal as well linear approach to his
position. He's the most melodic bassist I've ever worked
with. It's a pleasure for me to have a musical
conversation with Chip when I'm playing flugelhorn.
the choice of all the instrumentalists in the world, I can think
of no one I'd rather have than Gerry Niewood to bring my
melodies to life. He's such a complete musician.
With all those wonderful sounds he can make, Gerry gives me, as
a composer, a lot of different ways to dream. As a front
line partner he has superb taste knowing when to lead as well as
when to lay back. His playing has a great swing to
it. Gerry's musicianship is impeccable and his
improvisations are spectacular.
In this album I
have asked the orchestra to give the quartet a big hug by
wrapping the orchestrations around us. Whether it's an
orchestra track, a quartet track or a cut with Esther, the
quartet's significance is always obvious.
very proud of and totally in love with my quartet. If this
album communicates to you any part of what I feel when playing
this music with Joe, Chip and Gerry, you're gonna feel real
- Chuck Mangione