I’m proud to announce 2 new Chieli Minucci & Special EFX CD releases! The new double-disc CD, “Without You”, and the live-concert DVD, ‘Chieli Minucci & Special EFX – Live at the Java Jazz Festival” . These come at a very significant time in our long concert career, our 25th anniversary of touring! Containing 22 brand new tracks, including new arrangements of familiar Special EFX favorites, the featured vocal work of longtime bandmember Philip Hamilton, as well as guest vocalist Will Brock, plus a tribute to my late, great partner, percussionist George Jinda, this new release finds our famously eclectic music evolving towards fresh, contemporary world jazz-fusion sounds. Rounding out the regular EFX lineup are guest musicians, keyboardist Jeff Lorber, violinist Karen Briggs (ex-Yanni group member), as well as NYC stringman Alan Grubner. West-coast pianist Lao Tizer makes a special appearance as well.
Over the last few years our compositional approach has steadily shifted towards a global, high energy fusion experience, sometimes even mixing in cinematic ‘sound-design’ textures. Not one to be shy of variety, I’ve packed this release with all kinds of music – jazz fusion, world-beat, world-pop vocals, contemporary melodies, rock-tinged versions of EFX classics, and even our first straight-ahead jazz piece. I’m sure new listeners, as well as our longtime fans will feel exhilaration as they listen to this unusual mix of new music!