Two later albums from Chuck Mangione – but both done in the warm fusion mode that made him a household name back in the 70s! Journey To A Rainbow has a surprisingly nice sound for the time – a bit more relaxed and laidback than you might guess for an early 80s session from a mainstream jazzman – thanks to a relatively small lineup that has Chuck playing flugelhorn and keyboards, alongside some nice flute and saxes from Chris Vadala. Some of the best cuts are the mellowest ones – and titles include "Journey To A Rainbow", "Buttercorn Lady", "Love Bug Boogie", "Song For A Latin Lady", and "Chaia's Theme". On Eyes Of The Veiled Temptress, Chuck Mangione hits a bit of a crossover soul mode – working with Philly producer Thom Bell at the Sigma Sound studios – and bringing in a bit more R&B to his work than usual! The blend's a nice one, though – and it peps things up for Chuck – in ways that are similar to the mix of trumpet and soul that was cooking so strongly for Herb Alpert during the decade! Most tunes have a nice soul-influenced groove, and about half are still instrumental – with slight chorus vocals on a few others. Given the time, there's a feel here that's a lot more late 70s or early 80s than you might expect – relatively warm and not nearly as clunky as you might fear. Titles include "That's Nice", "Eyes Of The Veiled Temptress", "Freedom Song", "Long Hair Soulful", and "Open Their Eyes". © 1996-2014, Dusty Groove, Inc.