Personnel: Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn, piano, electric piano); Phyllis Hyman, Don Potter (vocals); Chris Vadala (soprano & tenor saxophones, piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet); Jeff Tkazyik (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jerry Peel, Dick Decker, Geroge Stimpson, Brad Waarner (French horn); Bill Reichenbach, Kai Winding, Mayo Tiana, Dana Hughes (trombone); Ron Leonard (cello); Grant Geissman (classical, acoustic & electric guitars); Charles Meeks (bass); James Bradley, Jr. (drums, congas, timbales, tympani, percussion).
Recorded at Kendun Recorders, Burbank, California. Includes liner notes by Chuck Mangione.
Digitally remastered by Dave Collins (A&M Mastering Studios).
Personnel: Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn, piano, electric piano); Donald Porter, Phyllis Hyman (vocals); Grant Geissman (guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar); Gerald Vinci (violin); Ron Leonard (cello); Chris Vadala (flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jeff Tkazyik, Jeff Takzyck (trumpet, flugelhorn); George Stimpson, Brad Warner, Dick Decker, Jerry Peel, Brad Warnaar (French horn); Mayo Tiana, Dana Hughes, Hughes, Kai Winding, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); James Bradley, Jr. (drums, congas, timbales, timpani, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Gerald Vinci; Donald Porter; Mick Guzauski; Chuck Mangione; William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. .
Editors: Gerald Vinci; Donald Porter; Mick Guzauski; Chuck Mangione; William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. .
Photographers: Benno Friedman; Charles Bush.
Thanks to the Latin-inflected title track, Children of Sanchez became another huge hit for Chuck Mangione. The title song even earned him a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and serious jazz listeners will spot a problem with that award -- it was for pop, not jazz. That, of course, is an accurate assessment of Mangione's music, since there isn't much improvisation on the album at all. Instead, there's a selection of Spanish and Latin-flavored instrumentals, arranged as if to give the impression that the album is a song cycle. If so, it's a song cycle/concept album that doesn't go anywhere. Nevertheless, there's enough pleasant music here to satisfy fans of his pop stylings. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine