Picks and Pans Review: Love Notes
By far the most unappealing aspect of Mangione's music is his affinity for tedious, dispirited emotionalism. It's reminiscent of someone who doesn't know when to stop hugging, and this album is like one long, warm, unrelenting hug, pleasant enough at first but soon conducive mainly to a quiet snooze. There are five tracks, and Mangione—playing with his quintet—just loves us to death; in essence, these are the equivalent of jazz lullabies, filled with echoes of previous compositions such as Feels So Good and Children of Sanchez. While Mangione's resourceful reed man, Chris Vadala, gets plenty of chances to noodle away on his flutes, piccolo and saxes, the comparison between this particular album and Mangione's exciting 1981 concert LP Tarantella is that there's no comparison.
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