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Album Review

Thanks to the Latin-inflected title track, Children of Sanchez became another huge hit for Chuck Mangione. The title song even earned him a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and serious jazz listeners will spot a problem with that award — it was for pop, not jazz. That, of course, is an accurate assessment of Mangione's music, since there isn't much improvisation on the album at all. Instead, there's a selection of Spanish and Latin-flavored instrumentals, arranged as if to give the impression that the album is a song cycle. If so, it's a song cycle/concept album that doesn't go anywhere. Nevertheless, there's enough pleasant music here to satisfy fans of his pop stylings.

Customer Reviews

Superb piece of work by Chuck Mangione

I've waited over 25 years for this album to be re-released. My original vinyl version died years ago and I never found the album in CD format. Thank you iTunes.


One of Chuck's best.

This is one of the few albums that I could not stop playing over and over when it was released. All my friends in drum corps were freaking out over the great stuff here. All kinds of moods, great playing, and just a feel good type of album!

Great Stuff from Chuck!

My second favorite album from Chuck Mangione. It was originally the soundtrack for a movie that was never released, and so the cyclical nature of the songs reflects the storyline (that sadly, we'll never know). But that doesn't stop the music from being great! Lullabye & B'bye are music to make babies by, and the Title Song has been a staple of marching bands for decades. It's in the folder next to the theme from Rocky. Great album!


Born: November 29, 1940 in Rochester, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Throughout the 1970s, Chuck Mangione was a celebrity. His purposely lightweight music was melodic pop that was upbeat, optimistic, and sometimes uplifting. Mangione's records were big sellers yet few of his fans from the era knew that his original goal was to be a bebopper. His father had often taken Chuck and his older brother Gap (a keyboardist) out to see jazz concerts, and Dizzy Gillespie was a family friend. While Chuck studied at the Eastman School, the two Mangiones co-led a bop quintet called...
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