Personnel: Chuck Mangione (flugelhorn, Fender Rhodes piano); Esther Satterfield (vocals); Gerry Niewood (soprano & tenor saxophones, C flute, alto flute); Vincent DeRosa (French horn); Bill Reichenbach, Jr. (trombone); Kathy Moses (piccolo, flute); Edgar Lustgarten (cello); Chip Jackson (electric bass); Joe LaBarbera (drums).
Recorded at A&M Studios, Hollywood, California. Includes liner notes by Chuck Mangione.
On Chase the Clouds Away, Chuck Mangione began to move toward the pop-oriented style that would provide the foundation for his breakthrough in 1977 with Feels So Good. Although he had demonstrated slight pop leanings on his earlier records, they were primarily in a straight jazz vein. Here, he surrendered to the warm, rich sounds of his flugelhorn and made a smooth collection of sweet pop melodies. As far as jazz content goes, there isn't much here, and there's only a handful of songs that come close to matching the effortless grace of the title track, but the whole of Chase the Clouds Away is enjoyably pleasant background music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine