Chuck Mangione

Eyes of the Veiled Temptress

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As in the case of another noted flugelhornist, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione's big-money, artistically impoverished tenure with Columbia damaged his reputation -- and he has yet to fully recover. There is nothing as sublimely awful here as Chuck's embarrassing duet with a kittenish Shirley MacLaine on an earlier Columbia release; one must be grateful for that. Yet whether drifting through a listless techno/bumper ("That's Nice"), a dull love song with clich├ęd pop production values ("Do You Ever Think About Me"), or a title track that treads over previously explored Spanish territory -- not bad but muted in energy -- Mangione remains out of gas creatively and audibly bored with his horn. And after this, the last of his five Columbia albums, Mangione would be gone from the mass market.

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