Chuck Mangione: Fun and Games
Fun and Games
Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn)
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection - The Best of Chuck Mangione (A&M Records)
Jeff Tyzik (trumpet), Bill Reichenbach (trombone), Chris Vadala (sax), Charles Meeks (bass), James Bradley, Jr. (drums, timbales, congas).
Composed by Chuck Mangione.
Recorded: Los Angeles, CA, early 1980
Rating: 81/100 (learn more)
The vibe of Chuck Mangione's signature tune, the pop hit "Feels So Good," is recreated here with a bouncy yet relaxed atmosphere and disco-drenched rhythms that provide a solid, era-oriented anchor. Elsewhere, the horn soloing recalls other progressive jazzers such as Miles, but this track sounds composed spontaneously in the studio around Grant Geissman's guitar licks, which are somewhat limited to funky single-note patterns and octaves. Geissman's bluesy slide guitar solo sounds out of place, and the melody, while tenable, is not as memorable as its predecessor. A decent track, but Mangione is better represented by other recordings.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary