Anyone who has been involved with the Los Angeles jazz scene over the last quarter century doesn´t need to ask, but if you
haven´t, you´ve been missing out and you´re in for a long overdue treat with this release of his first solo CD. Saxophonist Chuck
Manning is not new to recording-he has made dozens of appearances and collaborations with other musicians such as the Los Angeles Jazz Quartet, and his long-time collaboration with Swiss multi-instrumentalist Isla Eckinger. Chuck Manning´s new CD
"Notes from the Real" "… is a great one" writes the LAWeekly. "Manning is a fine inventive tenor player. With Joe Henderson as his baseline, he plays a gorgeous ballad, can blow some brilliant and slightly understated post-bop frenzy, and can lay out the bop lines fresh."
The Chuck Manning Quartet has recently returned from a successful tour in Europe to promote "Notes from the Real"
which showcases the talents of Jim Szilagyi (Gabor Szabo, Teddy Edwards, Shelly Manne) on piano, Isla Eckinger (Dexter Gordon,
Mal Waldron, Philly Joe Jones) on bass, and Tim Pleasant (Ralph Lalama, Jaki Byard, George Coleman) on drums. The LAWeekly
writes. "When he´s leading his own quartet his horn is set so beautifully inside the understated arrangements that you can
almost miss just how brilliant and even edgy his ideas can be … solos build upon wholly original ideas, and whose book is made
up of tunes you don´t hear played everywhere else."
This CD captures the feel of the great quartets of the 50´s and 60´s. It has a emotional impact that is personal yet modern
and displays Manning´s cocktail of musical influences including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Joe Henderson, Bobby Bradford, Sonny Rollins, North Indian Classical flautist Pannalal Ghosh; if he´s heard it and liked it, it´s likely to show up in his
playing. But mostly its all Manning: smart, inventive solos exploring themes and tones inside and a little bit out, returning to a
perfectly logical place.
Chuck has been fortunate to have shared the stage or recorded with such diverse musicians as Albert "Tootie" Heath, Al Mckibbon, Al Williams, Alan Broadbent, Alan Ferber, Alphonse Mouzon, Anthony Wilson, Andrea Pozza , Art Hillary, Azar Lawrence, Ben Clatworthy, Bill Cunliffe, Bob DeVos, Bob Maize, Bill Perkins, Bob Bowman, Bob Maize, Bob Sheppard, Bob Summers, Bobby Bradford, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Paulson, Carl Burnett, Cedar Walton, Charlie Haden, Charlie Shoemake , Chris Colangelo, Christos Germenoglou, Conte Condoli, Danny Embrey, Danny Grissett, Darek Oles, Dave Carpenter, Dave Koonse, Dave Scott, Dennis Irwin, Don Littleton, Eric Reed, Eric Von Essen, Frank Strazzeri, Fransisco Aguabella, Freddie Gruber, Fritz Wise, Richard Grant, Gary Foster, Gerald Wiggins, Gerry Gibbs, Gilbert Castellanos, Greg Kurstin, Harold Land, Harold Mason, Henry Butler, Henry Franklin, Horace Tapscott, Hubert Laws, Isla Eckinger, James Carney, Jane Getz, Jay Miglori, Jeff Littleton, Jim Snidero, Jimmy Rowles, Joe Bagg, Joe Haider, Joe LaBarbara, Joe Lovano, John Cambell, John Carter, John Guerin, John Heard, Jon Mayer, Jon-Pall Bjarnason, Julius Hemphill, Justo Almario, Kate McGarry , Lakis Tzimkas, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Kevin Tullius, Larance Marable, Larry Gales, Larry Koonse, Llew Matthews, Marianne McSweeny, Makis Stefanidis, Mark Ferber, Mike Conlon, Mike Fahn, Mike Wofford, Nels Cline, Nolan Shaheed, Oscar Brashear, Phil Ranelin, Phil Upchurch, Piotr Rodowicz, Putter Smith, Rhonda & John Giannelli, Ralph Alessi, Ralph Moore, Ralph Penland, Ramon Banda, Ravi Coltrane, Ray Armando, Richard Grant, Rob Thorsen, Ron Stout, Roy McCurdy, Sal Marquez, Sam Most, Scott Colley, Sonny Philips, Steve Cardenas, Steve Huffsteter, Tamir Hendelman, Ted Curson, Theo Saunders, Tony Dumas, Warne Marsh. Thank you all- I stole from all of you.