Personnel includes: Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn, electric piano, celeste, cowbell); Don Potter (vocals, guitar); Esther Saddlefield (vocals); Gerry Neiwood (soprano saxophone, flute, alto flute); Chris Vadala (tenor & baritone saxophones, winds); Joe Romano (tenor saxophone, flute); Jack Tkazyck, Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff (trumpet); Jerry Peel (French horn); Bill Reichenbach, Art Linsner III, Kai Winding (trombone); Kathy Moss, Gordy Johnson (flute, piccolo); Gerry Vinci (violin); Edgar Lustgarden (cello); Richard Tee (organ); Grant Geissman (guitar, 12-string guitar); John Tropea (guitar); Charles Meeks, Tony Levin (bass); James Bradley, Jr. (drums, congas, timbales); Joe LaBarbera (drums); Ralph MacDonald (percussion).
Recorded between 1972 & 1978. Includes liner notes by Zan Stewart.
This is part of Verve's Finest Hour series.
Personnel: Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn, electric piano); Don Potter (vocals, guitar); Esther Satterfield (vocals); Bob Mann (guitar); Grant Geissman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, classical guitar, timbales); John Tropea (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Gerald Vinci (violin); Ron Leonard (cello); Gerry Niewood (flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone); Gordon Johnson (flute, piccolo); Ray Ricker, Joe Romano (flute, tenor saxophone); Chris Vadala (woodwinds, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jon Faddis, Lew Soloff (trumpet); George Stimpson, Brad Warner, Dick Decker, Jerry Peel (French horn); Mayo Tiana, Dana Hughes, Art Linser III, Kai Winding, William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. (trombone); Gap Mangione (electric piano); Don Grolnick (keyboards); Chip Jackson, Al Johnson , Joel DiBartolo, Tony Levin (electric bass); James Bradley, Jr. (drums, congas, timbales, percussion); Steve Gadd (drums, percussion); Joe La Barbera (drums); Ron Davis (congas, bongos, timbales, percussion); John Beck (timpani, percussion); David Mancini, Ralph MacDonald, Rubens Bassini (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Zan Stewart.
Recording information: Hollywood, CA; Kendun Recorders, Burbank CA; Massey Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Photographer: Cynthia Sesso.
Arranger: Chuck Mangione.
Flugelhornist and composer Chuck Mangione remains one of jazz's most popular figures in the 1970s and '80s, his breezy, lyrical approach (mixing bop, pop, and fusion) valued by millions of fans. FINEST HOUR is a cross-section of the tunes with which Mangione made his commercial breakthrough--it's a sampler full of genial tunes, sweetly melodious solos, and classy and vivid orchestration. FINEST makes a fine overview of Mangione's transition from jazz musician to pop star without sacrificing artistry.