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Gap Mangione has just released Planet Gap, the debut CD of The Big
Band, the seventh album under his name, but the first to feature the
rousing, free-spirited jazz of his 14-piece band. With this album
release, Gap will bring broader national attention to a talented,
distinctively Mangione orchestra that's been a fixture in its upstate
New York birthplace throughout the 1990's.
Planet Gap, Mangione brings together many of the musical ideas and
infectious enthusiasm which have put him on the bandstand and on recordings
with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Gadd, Larry Carlton and,
of course, his brother, Chuck Mangione, in a career spanning four
fact, drummer Steve Gadd, arguably the premier drummer of the modern
era and an alumni of Gap's bands, was a special guest on the CD session,
contributing his rhythmic imagination and rock-solid pulse to every
track. Other notable players on Planet Gap include bassist John Patitucci,
trumpeter Jeff Jarvis, guitarist Dan Schmitt, and reed players Pat
LaBarbera, Andy Weinzler and Gerry Niewood.
you want to know the things that make Gap tick -- and, trust me, you
do -- just check out the music on Planet Gap:
opening track is a clever, highly musical big band rave on "Take
Me Out To The Ball Game" which will almost certainly become a
fixture for between-inning breaks at ball parks throughout the land.
It'll not only guarantee a seventh-inning stretch, it may well have
fans dancing with the hot dog vendors.
in the batting order are several jazz standards, including "Round
Midnight," "Doodlin'," "Bernie's Tune" and
"Au Privave," and all are given fresh, imaginative interpretations.
Most notable are the wonderfully intense Latin rhythms of "Bernie's
Tune" and the combination of wildly diverse influences in "Au
Privave." (On the latter track -- a Charlie Parker classic --
arranger Gap mixes in a powerhouse funk beat, provided by Gadd, and
a trumpet section fanfare based on Louis Armstrong's landmark solo
from Potato Head Blues some 70 years ago -- talk about diversity!)
The jazz standards are the album's clearest indicators of how much
Gap has been influenced by the big bands of his musical mentor, Dizzy
straight-ahead, blues shuffle sound of "Coat Check Cathy"
is followed by "My Favorite Dream" and "Rochester,
My Sweet Home," a melodic double-feature of Mangione magic. "My
Favorite Dream" is a Gap original that states his philosophy
of a life of family, friends, love and music, both in the vocal prologue
tastefully sung by Cindy Miller and in the lyrical instrumental sections
that follow. Gap and his brother, Chuck, have always worn their hearts
on their sleeves, conveying an emotional honesty that endears them
to their fans. "Rochester, My Sweet Home," in fact, is from
Chuck's songbook. It's a graceful ballad with a lovely melody that
brings a sense of comfort and warmth, whether your home is Rochester,
Raleigh or Richmond.
pure fun and energy, though, it's hard to top "Calypso for Janet,"
a playful, rhythmic Gap original dedicated to his wife. It's built
upon ear catching ascending and descending melody lines, and fueled
with a dance-inspiring beat. It spotlights a marvelous Mangione piano
solo in which he even manages to interpolate a witty taste of Old
set's most tradition-bound groove is a bebop-inspired reading of "Orange
Colored Sky" featuring vocalist Cindy Miller. And, before you
now it, your delightful hour on Planet Gap concludes with "The
Gap Theme," Mangione's regular, finger-snapping set-closer.
you love talented musicianship, clever, inventive arrangements, good
humor and energy, brass that rattles the walls, and rhythms that get
you up out of your seat, head for Planet Gap. It's in another galaxy,
John Patitucci, Courtesy of Concord Record
Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax
Pat LaBarbera: Tenor Sax
Flute, Baritone Sax
by: Gap Mangione
& Mix Engineer: Larry Swist
Mastering: Larry Swist
at: Trackmaster Audio, Buffalo NY; and Kampo Studios, New
at: Trackmaster Audio, Buffalo NY
at: The Studios At Linden Oaks, Rochester NY
Plan and Consultation: Peter Morticelli
Painting by: Ramon Santiago
Photo: George Kamper
Photo: Lori Farr
Package Designed by: 4D
Big Band players and Steve Gadd and JohnPatitucci, you always make
me feel like dancing; to Larry Swist, for making our album sound like
this; and to Ramon Santiago, for the joy of what you see. To my son,
Jason and my daughter, Ardis. To my folks, Frank and Nancy; my brother
Chuck, for your wonderful music; and my sister Josephine, you're the
best. To Peter Heinrich and Jon Heinrich, peerless gentlemen, for
including me in what you have created at The Lodge at Woodcliff. To
Bruce Ashby, Marc Iacona, Don Kollmorgan and Louise Woerner, Gerald
LeMarsh, David Lippitt and Bob and Mabelle Pizzutiello, for making
this dream possible. And to John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie whose big
bands, and his way with them, continue to inspire.
Is Dedicated To Janet Mangione, My Beloved.
You Make Me Smile With My Heart.
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