Chieli Minucci and Special EFX Offer Live DVD
“The show has been one of the high points of my recent concert touring life,” Minucci says. “Even more so because it came as a kind of surprise gift from a chance encounter I had with festival producers Peter Gontha and Paul Dankemeyer. I'd been performing as a guest artist at saxophonist Michael Paulo's annual event in southern California when I was reintroduced to both Peter and Paul, who were attending the event. After reacquainting ourselves (actually I'd met them 20 years earlier in Jakarta when Special EFX opened the show for Spyro Gyra, when we were a relatively new act), we mutually expressed the desire to work together at the upcoming Java Jazz event.”
To order the DVD, email Minucci at firstname.lastname@example.org. The DVD will be available soon on CD Baby.
Minucci’s most recent project is a double CD that celebrates the 25th anniversary of Special EFX. “Without You” features 22 new tracks, including new arrangements of familiar Special EFX favorites. “Without You” also features a 32-page booklet with information about the new music, as well as an extensive biography of Special EFX written by Minucci.
Concert Notes with Lynn Olson
Keyboard: Lao Tizer
Wow, the Baked Potato was jazz heaven, a teeny tiny venue, with three of four dozen seats, at the most. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows me or my writing that I wouldn’t be able to wait for the nine-thirty gig to start! I arrived early to feed my love of sound checks. Talk about acoustics, they were unbelievable! While I was waiting for the gig to start, I chatted briefly with an employee who shared a few secrets about the sand-filled raised stage and wood covered windows, amazing sound quality! I was told the venue started out over forty years ago as studio musician hang out.
What an exciting night, Chieli’s debut at the ‘Potato’. For me, the place was reminiscent of the forty-five or so person capacity, Lowville Bistro gig I recently attended in Canada after the awards. There’s nothing like hearing live music in a living room atmosphere!
Here’s a snip of sound check chatter:
Chieli Minucci Finally Re-releases His Classic “Renaissance”
Minucci has the album available on his site http://www.chielimusic.com.
On the way for 2010 is a great retrospective, “25th Anniversary” multimedia CD and DVD package which will encompass his Special EFX and solo works.
The guitarist was recently featured on Alexander Zonjic’s excellent album “Doin’ the D” – by John Beaudin
Chieli Minucci is Just Showing Off!
The Special EFX guitarist plans on releasing 4 albums online at chielimusic.com. Minucci says, “This is all new music, never released before.” Here’s what you can expect, “Solos, Duos & Trios,”will feature lost treasure featuring Minucci’s ex-partner in Special EFX George Jinda who died on January 11, 2001. “Raspberry n’ Cream,”might sound sweet but it’s a Blues project that`s more vocal featuring Philip Hamilton, Will Brock and Armsted Christian. “Pop Today” will be more commercial and aggressive with Johnny Kemp, Vic Starsky and Noel Cruz. “Drippings” will feature the more background version of Minucci. He has had a steady gig providing soap operas in the US with back ground music. You can buy the lot, one album at a time or one tune at a time. The latter for a buck a song. – by John Beaudin
|Little Smooth Jazz Extras
June 6, 2005 - Hidden extras appear to be one of the ways many Smooth Jazz artists are rewarding their loyal fans, according to smoothvibes.com. Some of the hidden gems found on the latest Smooth Jazz offerings are guitarist Chuck Loeb's untitled jazz/funk track after the last official song on the album "When I'm With You." Chieli Minucci's four hidden interludes which can be heard on his latest only if the album is played in order without skipping any tracks, and Mindy Abair's tribute to Cannonball Adderly from her album "Come As You Are", titled "26 Hemenway" (a reference to her address during her time at Boston's Berkelee College of Music). - By Cheryl Philips
|Update On New Chieli Minucci Solo Album
January 10, 2005 - Chieli Minucci tells Smoothjazznow he is just wrapping up work on his CD "Got It Goin' On" scheduled for a March release date. Joining him on the project are his regular band mates Jerry Brooks on bass, Lionel Cordew on drums, Jay Rowe on piano, Philip Hamilton on percussion and vocal and David Mann on sax. The amazing array of talented guests includes Marion Meadows, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Oliver, Gerald Veasley and Kim Waters. Readers will recall that last year we spoke with Chieli about his son, Gianluca's band, The Malibu Boyscouts. Chieli is happy to say the band is still working, "With 5 shows scheduled between now and March, they have more work than me!" Talent, however, is not limited to Chieli and Gianluca."Love Is Always Young", a selection from the new CD was penned by Chieli's dad, Ulpio. Ulpio, a concert pianist and composer, who has written for Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Julius La Rosa is now 87 and still writing. Says Chieli, "He wrote this beauty when he was just about 80, with his lyricist, who's about the same age. These guys are still thinking about you-know-what!" - by Liz Rivard
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In 1982 the guitarist along with percussionist George Jinda (Died in Jan. 11, 2001) formed Special EFX, a band who consistently record what I call "race horse albums" - reliable, strong and with good legs. Those legs translated to albums that never sound dated and the early ones are still being played on Smooth Jazz radio today. Also, every Special EFX album has at least three punchy radio tunes and Minucci uses the same formula on his solo material. More