Chuck Mangione – Main Squeeze (1976/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Chuck Mangione – Main Squeeze (1976/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 37:47 minutes | 812 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

Main Squeeze is the twelfth studio album by jazz flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione. This album was only briefly released on CD and quickly discontinued, making it a rare find. It features one of Chuck Mangione’s most popular songs, “Main Squeeze”.

More and more a creature of the studio, Mangione employs a coterie of ’70s New York session players on an album that wears its make-out-music intentions right on its velvet sleeve. All of the titles reflect some aspect of a love affair; the playing is intricate but highly controlled and not terribly exciting. Oddly enough, Chuck effectively attaches a wah-wah pedal to his flugelhorn on a few tracks — shades of Miles Davis’ “jungle band” period — and he gets off his best non-electronically modulated solo on “If You Know Me Any Longer Than Tomorrow.” There are orchestrations, but the arrangements are just decorations, not an integral part of the material. But then, after all of the warm, fuzzy stuff has run its course for five tracks, the last cut “Main Squeeze” acts as an ecstatic release, a fine, funky jam session where all seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. – Richard S. Ginell

1. Chuck Mangione – (The Day After) Our First Night Together
2. Chuck Mangione – If You Know Me Any Longer Than Tomorrow
3. Chuck Mangione – Love The Feelin’
4. Chuck Mangione – I Get Crazy (When Your Eyes Touch Mine)
5. Chuck Mangione – Doin’ Everything With You
6. Chuck Mangione – Main Squeeze