Chuck Mangione returns to the creative source that inspired his GRAMMY®-award winning album Bellavia with Everything For Love, a tribute to all that is close to the heart of the man with the hat. In this romantic follow-up effort to The Feeling's Back, Chuck celebrates love through a collection of tunes steeped in straight-ahead traditionalism and featuring breathtaking improvisation from Chuck and his band. Everything For Love marks the 30th year of Chuck's recording career.
The Feeling's Back, Chuck Mangione's debut on Chesky Records and first recording after a 10-year hiatus, garnered high praise as John McDonough from DownBeat described Chuck as a composer who provides catchy cuts that are "hard to resist." Lucy Tauss from Jazziz also commented, "Mangione continues his tradition of stating melodies simply and forcefully, and of letting the charms of each individual song as well as his own distinctive sound win listeners over." The Feeling's Back spent over 20 weeks on the Billboard charts.
This was certainly not the first time Chuck had been praised for his musical innovation and performance ability. For four decades, Chuck's boundless energy, unabashed enthusiasm, and pure joy have characterized his love affair with music and the resulting admiration of his audience. He first attracted attention with his brother Gap in the Jazz Brothers, a mainstream jazz band, in which Chuck played the trumpet alongside the keyboard of Gap. While performing with the Jazz Brothers, Chuck simultaneously attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Upon completion of his schooling at Eastman, Chuck left Rochester to play with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, assuming the trumpet chair that had belonged to such great players as Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard.
Upon returning to the Eastman School as Director of its Jazz Ensemble, Chuck and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra performed the "Friends and Love" concert. This show, which featured "Hill Where the Lord Hides," was recorded and led to his major label debut on Mercury Records and first GRAMMY® nomination in 1970.
After receiving his second GRAMMY® nomination for Land of Make Believe (1973), Chuck made two more very successful albums: Chase the Clouds Away (1975), which was featured in the 1976 Olympic Games, and Bellavia (1976). Bellavia, or "beautiful way," was named to honor his mother and earned Chuck his first GRAMMY® award.
During the late 1970's and early 1980's, Chuck continued to reach new heights. His album Feels So Good (1977) became a worldwide mega hit thanks to its self-titled single, which features one of the most recognized melodies in the world. The next year, Chuck's popularity continued to grow as his Children of Sanchez (1978) soundtrack was nominated for a Golden Globe award and earned Chuck his second GRAMMY® award. Never resting on his past accomplishments, Chuck composed his Emmy-winning "Give It All You Got" which was heard around the world as the theme of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.
In addition to his hectic recording schedule, Chuck toured extensively in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America throughout the 1970's and 1980's, including performances at the Montreux and the North Sea Jazz festivals.
In 1989, after the release of two new albums, Chuck simply stopped recording and touring. "I didn't listen to music. I laid down. I read paperback books, I watched sports and I went fishing," says Chuck. That year, he also met and married Rosemarie, the impetus and inspiration behind the cut "Slo Ro" on Chuck's latest recording.
Thankfully, in 1994, Chuck returned to performing with a series of concerts and club dates. He also dedicated himself to music education with his critically acclaimed "Cat In The Hat" matinees for children, educators and parents.
It was his 1998 meeting with David Chesky, co-owner of Chesky Records with his brother Norman, which ultimately led to Chuck's enthusiastic return to recording. After being intrigued by David's concept for The Feeling's Back and the live recording techniques using minimalist miking used by Chesky Records, Chuck agreed to meet David at St. Peter's Church in New York City, the space where the Cheskys do most of their recording. No sooner had Chuck taken out his flugelhorn and begun playing some notes than David, also a musician and composer, joined in on a nearby piano. Not only was Chuck blown away by the church's acoustics, but to put it in his own words, "I've been in this business a long time, and this is the first time I was able to sit down and play music with the head of a record label." With that, Chuck decided he had found the home in which to make The Feeling's Back.
Since the recording of that acclaimed project, in addition to performing both domestically and internationally, Chuck has made numerous guest appearances on the hit animated TV series King Of The Hill.
Most recently, Chuck returned to the environment that brought him back to recording and has laid down his newest release Everything For Love. In this, perhaps his most personal and reflective recording to date, Chuck reveals his true loves and the reason he has remained an influential Jazz icon for over 30 years.
Chesky Records, one of the world's premier audiophile jazz, world, pop and classical labels, is proud to be working with Chuck Mangione, a Grammy Award-winning artist whose music has entertained millions of fans around the world.