Archive for May, 2013

Chieli Minucci – Genesis

GenesisBorn and raised in Queens, New York, Chieli Minucci began playing the guitar when he was eight. He studied at Ithaca College and Queens College focusing on Music and English. Chieli has performed as a sideman with a variety of artists over the years including Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie. He formed the band Special EFX with George Jinda in 1983 and they released their first album Special EFX in 1984. Minucci is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Special EFX with the release of his new album Genesis, due out on May 21, 2013 via Shanachie Records.

We’ re proud to announce the upcoming release of Chieli Minucci & Special EFX 2013 brand new release, “Genesis”. This landmark CD celebrates 30 years of recording and concert touring for the Grammy nominated band! Featuring longtime members of Special EFX. drummer Lionel Cordew, bassist Jerry Brooks, and keyboardist Jay Rowe. With special guests  percussionist Mino Cinelu (Weather Report. Sting. Miles Davis), drummer Omar Hakim (Trio of Oz, Weather Report, Sting, Madonna), pianist/recording artist Lao Tizer. fiddling goddess Karen Briggs (Yanni, Jazz in Pink), plus newcomer vocalists Xu Feiyu (she’s’ from Shanghai. China) and Victor Starksy. Plus the return of longtime Special EFX saxman David ManVi!

You can pre-order your copy at

Bluey – Leap Of Faith

LeapofFaithAfter 15 albums with Incognito, the band’s driving force Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick has recorded his debut solo album. Very rarely featured as a vocalist on any of the band’s albums, Bluey impresses in handling all the vocals on “Leap of Faith” . Co-produced and co-written with one of his long standing collaborators Richard Bull, the album ranges from dance anthems to funk to modern soul classics such as lead single “Got To Let My Feelings Show”.

Bluey explains: “I have always felt comfortable leading from the back – guiding others and bringing out the best of their artistry. This past year was the first time I felt a compelling desire to bare my soul in this way with what one of my friends called my musical autobiography.

“In Incognito I am surrounded by awesome musicians and singers. I needed to reach a place where I felt my voice had its own space and that my sound was not just a twist on the band’s theme. Once there it was just a matter of jumping in… taking a leap of faith”.

The album includes some stunning falsetto vocal performances and a couple of stand-out house tracks “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” and “Why Did I Let You Go”, co-produced by Ski Oakenfull and Simon Grey respectively.

Leap Of Faith is available at Amazon.


George Duke – DreamWeaver

DreamWeaverOut of devastating pain comes DreamWeaver, the new disc which GRAMMY® Award-winning keyboardist/composer/arranger/producer George Duke considers his “most honest album in several years.”  The making of DreamWeaver occurred after his wife, Corine, passed away.

Set for release July 16, DreamWeaver finds Duke emphasizing more instrumentals than in the past as well as concentrating more on his mastery on various synthesizers.

From bassist Christian McBride’s work on the funky jam tune “Burnt Sausage” to Rachelle Ferrell’s singing on “Missing You,” each tune offers something special. The powerful centerpiece of the album, the positive and politically-charged “Change the World,” spotlights several up-and-coming young singers alongside some of the most prominent funk, soul, gospel and R&B artists of the last few decades: Lalah Hathaway, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett, among others. “Ball & Chain” features a duet with Duke accompanying the late R&B singer Teena Maria – one of the last tracks she recorded before her sudden death in 2010.