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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!

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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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