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Chieli Minucci

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, Latin 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

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal

Read "Take Five with TRi/O's Steve Shapiro, Dave Anderson and Tyger MacNeal" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet TRi/O TRi/O is a collaborative groove-based contemporary jazz & funk outing from three New York musicians: Steve Shapiro on vibraphone and mallet keyboards, virtuoso 5-string bassist Dave Anderson, and drummer Tyger MacNeal. Their combined credits comprise a long list of major jazz and pop artists—including Steely Dan, Ornette Coleman, Phil Collins, Spyro Gyra, Whitney Houston, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution

Read "Pat Petrillo: Performance, Education, and Groovalution" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Recognized as one of the first instructional video producers, drummer Pat Petrillo set a standard for educational media with his landmark 1987 recording Snare Drum Rudiments. Since then he has developed a remarkable career as a performer and educator. Pat and I sat down at the APAP convention in jny: New York City to discuss his ...

NEWS: EVENT

New Yorkers Come To Jeff Golub's Aid One Final Time

New Yorkers Come To Jeff Golub's Aid One Final Time

January 21 all-star concert planned to memorialize the guitarist and benefit his family sells out. New York, NY: When the newly blind guitarist Jeff Golub stumbled and fell onto New York City subway tracks where he was clipped and dragged by a train in 2012, New Yorkers came to his aid. When word spread throughout the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Omar Hakim Experience: We Are One

Read "We Are One" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

To properly appreciate The Omar Hakim Experience one must look back to move forward. By the time Hakim slipped behind the drum kit of Weather Report in 1983, the band was staggering under the weight of personnel departures, management problems and family issues. Founding member Joe Zawinul went in search of new recruits and in walked ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Drummer/Composer Omar Hakim Set To Release His First Album In 14 Years "We Are One" Debuts March 3 On Ozmosis Records

Drummer/Composer Omar Hakim Set To Release His First Album In 14 Years "We Are One" Debuts March 3 On Ozmosis Records

We Are One features an all-star cast of longtime friends and musical collaborators including Jerry Brooks, Chieli Minucci, Gregoire Maret, Jimi Tunnell and Rachel Z With a long and varied list of credits that reads like a Who’s Who in Rock and Jazz (Weather Report, Miles Davis, Madonna, Sting, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Daft Punk, among ...

NEWS: RECORDING

“Feels Like Home” Thanks To Saxman MacArthur’s Friends

“Feels Like Home” Thanks To Saxman MacArthur’s Friends

Album “Sanctified” by the appearance of Brian Bromberg, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber and Jeff Golub Tampa, FL: “When are you going to let me make a record with you?” For years, Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg posed this question to saxophonist Mike MacArthur. Finally the saxman acquiesced. He grabbed his tenor horn, hopped a jet and camped ...

Without You

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Exodus to Jazz Brings Contemporary Sounds of Chieli Minucci and Special EFX on Saturday, December 3rd

Exodus to Jazz Brings Contemporary Sounds of Chieli Minucci and Special EFX on Saturday, December 3rd

Exodus to Jazz is bringing contemporary jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci with his Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Saturday, December 3rd at 8:00 pm. Minucci and Special EFX have released 25 CDs, including eight solo releases by Minucci and a live concert DVD. Minucci has performed ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Jacksonville Jazz Festival Line-up

The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce an exciting lineup of performances for the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival scheduled for Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. All festival performances and elements are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. This year's festival will continue the tradition of jazz in Jacksonville with a ...


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