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Chieli Minucci

Guitarist Chieli Minucci is best known as one half of the popular world fusion band Special EFX, his musical partnership with the late percussionist George Jinda. Together, they created accessible yet slightly experimental music that combined their love of smooth jazz, rock, and various African and Latin rhythms. Minucci attended Ithaca College, playing guitar in a variety of rock and pop groups, and had developed his own approach to the guitar when he met up with Jinda in 1982.

Their band recorded extensively with GRP (1984-1992) and also made three CDs for JVC (1993-1995) before parting ways. Jinda continued on with the Special EFX name, releasing the album Here to Stay before suffering a stroke and lapsing into a coma; he died in 2001 at age 60. Outside of Special EFX, Minucci also worked as a producer and writer for other musicians including Deborah Henson-Conant and Kim Pensyl, and he worked in the studios, appearing on a variety of R&B dates by the likes of Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Noel Pointer, and Angela Bofill.

Minucci began his solo career by cutting three CDs as a leader with Jewels (1994), Renaissance (1996), and It's Gonna Be Good (1998). While those albums showcased a similar crossover approach to his work with Special EFX, they also displayed more of a modern electronic, dance, and R&B influence. Minucci continued in this vein, releasing several more well-received, stylistically varied albums including Sweet on You (2000), which featured guest appearances from saxophonist Gerald Albright and vocalist Roseanna Vitro; the melodic yet funky Night Grooves (2003); and Got It Goin' On (2005), which included contributions from saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, and Marion Meadows.

After Jinda's passing, Minucci respectfully decided to continue recording under the Special EFX banner, occasionally appearing as Chieli Minucci & Special EFX. He debuted the new moniker with the album Sweet Surrender (2007), which found him revisiting many of Special EFX's eclectic stylistic influences, from Latin to funk to fusion jazz. He then returned to his solo work with the atmospheric, new age-infused companion albums Travels (2008) and East of the Sun (2008). In 2010, Minucci celebrated the 25th anniversary of Special EFX with the two-disc Without You. Two years later, he returned with the Special EFX album Genesis, which featured several longtime Special EFX associates including percussionist Omar Hakim, saxophonist/flute player David Mann, and pianist Lao Tizer. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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was lucky enough to see Special EFX in Chicago back in '86. Nothing like the live jazz performance. SPECTACULAR!
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This one cool cat....Chiel i is on top of the Jazz World !..... keep recording music bro !��✔✔�������
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I've heard this man's music on WJZR located in Rochester, New York. I like it so far! (wish I could bring it to every gathering I go to!)
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Head shaking, toe tapping, finger popping music. Straight up Party music luv it !!!!!
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See him live with special efx... With Karen Briggs. Wow
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Love the song very relaxing and head boping at the same time
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jaclynaston
This really cool!
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This is such a groove - I forgot how much I love these type of jams -AWESOME!!!
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My God! I love this guy's music.
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Jazz makes sad times glad. It seems to brighten up any day .
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I like . . .
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Never heard this before, but I like this song.
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doreenhjacin t h o
So beautiful...
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candythecoug a r
Absolute sunrise on a cloudy day!
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Love it
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Wow!!
turn this up and drive
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I love this song
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Not finding fault, just a typo. It's Ithaca College, not Ithica. I went there, as a guitar major, from 1970-1972. Plus it's only 60 miles from where I've lived most of my life.
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like that style/i can ride with that
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like his grove
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Very Nice!!!
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love his style of play
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He is great! My first time and I hooked
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bmanion53
Please give due to the prestigious school of music at ITHACA College (not Ithica!)
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prestoncz
Happy and energize music!
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Awesome guitarist!
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tqalexander
Im dyin to see him in cali !
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I've seen Chielli or EFX many times live and have seen many bands since the 70's. He is the best guitarist I have ever seen/heard.
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never disapoints
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Love Chieli's guitar licks!
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Smooth music & easy to listen to. Great player!
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This guy is awesome
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Really sorry to hear about George Jinda and his lose to diabetic coma.Chieli is a great guitarist .Special EFX was/is a great blend of jazz music.RIP George.
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Chieli when he partnered with George or as a solor artist is a force to be reckoned with on the guitar! He can PLAY!
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takes me back to the 80's! Love it!
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First song I heard Special EFX do was Sambuca Nights and I was HOOKED! My favorite from Chieli is "Anything and Everything."
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Got me groovin at work! Nice
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what a bet just love it
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very good guitarist
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The reason for George Jinda's abscence was a diabetic coma, which he was in for several years. There was hope he would recover, but he never did, and eventually died. That is why Special EFX still listed him as a band member.
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migwri09
I love his music!
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Great Guitarist, reminds me of Carlos Santana, dangerous with a Guitar
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ehall1234
Never seen nor herd of this fellow...... t h a t s all about to change. What a guitarist!
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This dude can really play a guitar... I think everyone really need to see him live as I have.
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OMG! I had no idea that Chieli Minucci was the other half of Special EFX there was a song that I soooo loved back in the 80's from that album with the huge watermelon on the cover, Wow that song was HOT!
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first time for me too....thoug h t it was Norman Brown, or Steve Khan...music does'nt try to do too much, enjoy it for what it is...
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travis_pate
his chords are always buttersmooth . .
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eddysbeejay
A great guitarist, with the sensitive touch of a true artist
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corneyrob
He's right up there with Lee Ritenour & Larry Carlton for me; and they are the some of the greatest "finger" people out there! Corney-Rob.
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damndan16503
This Guy really JAMS........ . . . . . .
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