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Chieli Minucci – Someone’s Singing

Someones-Singing-Cover-600-1My personal Chieli Minucci collection started with his albums Jewels (1995), Renaissance (1996), and It’s Gonna Be Good (1998), continued with Sweet On You (2000), Night Grooves (2003), and Got It Goin’ On (2005). In addition, there were numerous Special EFX albums to collect.

I did not follow his New Age period. I was all the more pleased about his new release Someone’s Singing (2022). This album is not a throwback to Chieli’s earlier creative days, but something new in his solo career. Above all, it is an album where the performance on the acoustic guitar is in the foreground.

Complementary support for Chieli has come from Jerry Brooks (bass on New Faith), George Jinda (percussion on Free Again), Steve Skinner (strings on Free Again) and Fernando Saunders (fretless bass on Your Spirit). Chieli performs on his album these guitars: Scharpach flattop 6-string, Sunbird semi-hollow nylon string electrix, Vienna Opus archtop, Orozco classical, Gibson 175T, 1984 Pensa-Suhr custom electric.

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Chieli Minucci – Someone’s Singing

Someones-Singing-Cover-600-1When the COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020, Chieli Minucci had his wings clipped, abruptly pulling the plug amidst the three-time Emmy-winning and GRAMMY nominated musician-composer’s concert tour in support of his band Special EFX’s newly released album “All Stars.” As stress and uncertainty mounted, Minucci, like the rest of us, yearned for escape, peace and tranquility. His mind drifted back to when he was a teenager watching local talent play folk and classical guitar-based music in Greenwich Village’s legendary Folk City nightclub. He found the music performed at those shows to be soothing and mesmerizing. Those cherished recollections inspired Minucci to write and record his first acoustic guitar-based album, “Someone’s Singing,” which receives its official release on Friday.

Recording most of the twelve-track set in his New York City home studio proved to be calming and healing for Minucci, who wrote or co-wrote ten songs for the collection, some culled from his songbook from decades ago. Minucci produced, arranged and performed using his collection of acoustic guitars in addition to playing percussion, including a kalimba (African thumb piano). His nimble fretwork throughout is heartfelt, meditative, communicative, somber and sublime.

“I’ve been eager to share some of my more-gentle, understated playing and writing for some time now. For me, this project has a ‘spiritual’ quality: quite peaceful and even a bit folky. The concept for ‘Someone’s Singing’ was simple: keep it pristine and placid. I’ve been a longtime fan of acoustic guitar music, particularly folk and classical pieces,” said Minucci who took the album title from the lyrics of the opening track, an instrumental variation of the traditional “Kumbaya.” Continue reading

Chieli Minucci – Someone’s Singing

Someones-Singing-Cover-600-1Born 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.

His new solo album Someone’s Singing is now available. Personalized/autographed CDs can be ordered at info@chielimusic.com. Chieli comments: “I’ve been eager to share some of my more gentle, understated playing and writing for some time now. For me, this project has a ‘spiritual’ kind of peacefulness about it, understated, even a bit folky. I think you’ll enjoy it. Thank you to my old & dear friends, Peter Link and Julia Wade at Watchfire Music for this opportunity to share, with you all, some new music. Thanks and gratitude to the wonderful musicians who participated.”

You can also buy the album here.

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 Amazon.com.

Chieli Minucci and Special EFX – Without You

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is the leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX, which he co-founded with the late George Jinda in 1984. A major force on the jazz and world music scene for 25 years, Special EFX’s newest release, Without You is a diverse collection of jazz-fusion, world rhythms, and the effortlessly flowing guitar artistry that Chieli (key-eh-lee) is known for. A true sound-tapestry, blending layers of sound and harmonic texture, Without You is an instant classic.

This brilliant double CD collection of tracks features the original Special EFX lineup of favorites – drummer Lionel Cordew, bassist Jerry Brooks, keyboardist Jay Rowe, and vocalist/percussionist Philip Hamilton – plus many brilliant guest artists, including keyboardist Jeff Lorber, violinist Karen Briggs, keyboardist Lao Tizer, vocalist Will Brock, bassist Dave Anderson, and violinist Alan Grubner.

Special EFX is one of the most prominent world fusion groups of the era. During the course of the band’s phenomenal rise to the top of the jazz charts, they released 25 CDs, including Chieli’s 8 solo releases and a live concert DVD. Seminal songs like “Daybreak”, “Cruise Control”, “Bella” and “Seduction” were among their chart-topping hits. This extraordinary super group takes their vibrant and exciting sound to the next level on its new Without You release, which encompasses diverse and eclectic sounds ranging from jazz fusion to world beat, pop vocals and rock-tinged arrangements.

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