Monday, November 28, 2011

Chuck Mangione
"Chase the Clouds Away"

I shouldn't speak too harshly yet; my motto of "fear no music" is facing some opposition...
It's not the noisy orchestral jazz that concerns me, it's not the criminal disregard for basic intonation (one more take wouldn't have killed ya,) but rather the seemingly....pointless noise coming out of Mr. Mangione's Yamaha flugelhorn.
There are too many moments where the limits of his instrument sound more like a poorly handled trumpet/trombone rather than a correctly handled second-rate one.

Was it that no one had thought to play jazz flugelhorn before him? Was there a niche to fill?

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