Chuck Mangione: You're The Best There Is
You're the Best There Is
Chuck Mangione (trumpet, flugelhorn)
Fun and Games (Universal 8969)
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, early 1980
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Chuck Mangione's "You're The Best There Is" is sublime. The playing is hot all around and, on a simple chord chart, the instruments are spaced out well in the mix. As guitarist Grant Geissman's fingers lead the way toward major seventh heaven, a round of inspired solos shows that the entire group works together well.
An organic sound is conveyed by what occurs, and the players do not have to force their playing to get the strong melody across. Actually, the tune is probably more recognizable than "Feels So Good," Mangione's most enduring hit, and, regarding the production, the cut's disco drumming does not detract from the actual jazz playing elsewhere. The percussion is mixed low enough to ensure that the track would not sit side-by-side on the radio with cuts by the likes of Chic and Donna Summer and, thus, suffer misinterpretation.
Earthenness prevails, and, even though a surefire energy stamps this tune, the fact remains that the musicians keep it relatively laid-back while still exuding a feel that is commiserate with the album title Fun and Games. The track ebbs and flows in intensity and the music lifts spirits as it plays.
Reviewer: Marcus Singletary