The Pulse of Entertainment: Special
EFX Featuring Chieli Minucci Mixes Genres on ‘Twenty Twenty 2' Album
(August 16, 2022) - "I'm working on a piece now for Tommy Davidson,"
said three-time Emmy winning guitarist Chieli Minucci, who is currently promoting his band Special EFX Featuring
Chieli Minucci's 23rd album release "Twenty Twenty 2". "We started recording
a month before the lock-down. There were a couple of tracks recorded live the old fashion way...but everybody recorded their
parts...then I pieced them together."
Produced by Grammy nominated Chieli, the "Twenty Twenty 2"
project marks 40-years the band has been together. The new album offers 14 tracks - three covers and 11 new songs. Band members
on the album with Chieli include Lionel Cordew on drums; Jerry Brooks on bass; Jay Rowe on organ; Richie Cannata on flute
and saxophone; Mino Cinelu on percussion; John Favicchia on drums; Joel Rosenblatt on drums; Lao Tizer on Hammond organ and
electric and acoustic piano; Gianluca Minucci on bass, Ric Fierabracci on bass; Nelson Rangell on flute; Dave Anderson fretless
bass; Antoine Silverman on violin; Eric Marienthal on sax; Lin Rountreee on trumpet, and Oli Silk on piano.
played during the pandemic," Minucci told me when I asked if they were back out there touring face-to-face. "We
streamed it and live we had a 50-person limit. We're back to touring normal again. We play in the Urban market too."
In fact, at the time of our interview Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci was on tour promoting their new "Twenty
Twenty 2" album. The tour continues with a show August 25, 2022 in Branford, CT at the Branford Town Green, October 28th
in Miami, Florida at the Miami Smooth Jazz Festival and October 29th in Charlotte, NC at Middle C Jazz.
was 24," Chieli said about when he started the band with percussionist George Jinda.
Minucci said that the
new album has, "All kinds of music (genres)...Rock vibe, ballads."
I agree with him, the album masterfully
mixes, Smooth Jazz, Country, Rock, Traditional Jazz and Funky Jazz. My favorite tracks on the "Twenty Twenty 2"
project include the cover "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" (#1) because I love how the Chieli makes the guitar sing
and at times his playing reminds me of Eddie Kendrick's guitar playing only with a Smooth Jazz influence; "Folks Like
Us" (#5) because it's a sweet majestic piece that changes to a Rock-n-Roll swing track; "Ceili Music" (#6)
because of its Country feel that transforms into a Latin feel, then back to Country because of the influence of the violins
of Antoine Silverman and ends with the bass of Jerry Brooks; "November's Baby" (#8) because I love the Latin feel
the horns of Lin Rountree and strings of Minucci give it, which is mixed with a jazzy piano solo by Oli Silk and ends with
Chieli's guitar crying; "I'm Leaving You" (#11) because of the crazy way the guitar is playing, it sounds almost
Rock-like; "Ballerina Dreams" (#10) because of its sweet jazzy flow, and "Words Left Unsaid" (#14), which
has Chieli Minucci solo on guitar, piano and beats, because its soulful sound which is interrupted by blast of high points
where the guitar takes the listeners on a ride that mixes Jazz and Rock masterfully. www.ChieliMusic.com
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