05 Chuck Mangione_Land_As Long As We're Together -Live.mp3
04 Chuck Mangione_Land_Gloria from the Mass of St. Bernard.mp3
03 Chuck Mangione_Land_El Gato Triste -Live.mp3
02 Chuck Mangione_Land_Lullabye For Nancy Carol.mp3
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For more than five decades, Chuck Mangione's love affair with music has been characterized by his boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy that radiates from the stage.
Mangione first attracted attention with his brother, Gap, in a mainstream jazz band, The Jazz Brothers, in which he played trumpet much like that of the man who he refers to as his musical father-Dizzy Gillespie. In fact Dizzy gave Chuck an 'updo' horn just like his own.
Though much less expansive than Mangione's other Mercury concerts (only 37 minutes on a single CD or LP), Land of Make Believe is the most successful of the lot, a winning combination of attractive tunes, big-thinking orchestrations, just enough jazz content, and a genuinely felt sense of idealism. Here there is no dead weight; all of the material is very engaging, and the combined forces of Mangione's quartet and the Hamilton (Ontario) Philharmonic are on fire. The performance of Mangione's "Legend of the One-Eyed Sailor" still exerts a ferocious jolt of life-affirming energy; "El Gato Triste" is an attractive Latin number; the buoyant "Gloria" from The Mass of St. Bernard with the Horsehead Chamber Singers makes one want to hear more. The child-like title tune has both a touching sense of naiveté and a lot of drive in key spots -- credit expert drummer Joe LaBarbera with the latter -- and Esther Satterfield's clear-eyed Nancy Wilson-like vocals made her famous for a time.
Richard S. Ginell
Land of Make Belive
01 Lengenbd of the One-Eyed Sailor
02 Lullabye for Nancy Carol
03 El Gato Triste -Live
04 Gloria from the Mass of St. Bernard
05 As Long As We're Together -Live
06 Land of Make Believe