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The Pulse of Entertainment: Jazz Guitarist Norman Brown Releases ‘Anything' Single, Off ‘It Hits Different' Album on Shanachie

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 (April 12, 2024) - "Everyday is a new day," said Grammy winning Jazz guitarist Norman Brown about the meaning to the title of his new album "It Hits Different" (Shanachie Entertainment).

Norman was promoting the project's single "Anything." This is the icon's 14th album. The "It Hits Different" project offer 11 selections. The project features assistance from Lil; John Roberts (Mary J Blige) on drums, Tom Schuman (Spyro Gyra) on keyboards, James Champion on vocals, and Wirlie Morris as co-writer/vocals.

"You have to step into the new groove," Norman said about what to expect from the new album. "It features Wirlie Morris, he writes, produces, and has a beautiful voice. He has worked with Charlie Wilson."

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"I did want to create the musical essence of love," said the Jazz legend.

Norman told me he would normally sing, but he was getting over being sick and had to bring in others to be his vocals.

"I've done it before (sing)," Norman Brown said about singing now and then on this project. "I want it to be consistent. My manager didn't know what to do with my vocals."

The Kansas city raised Atlanta based guitarist has worked for the best of the best, which includes Paul Brown, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, George Benson, Brian McKnight, Dave Koz, Peabo Bryson, and Chante Moore. www.Shananchie.com

The Pulse of Entertainment: Special EFX Featuring Emmy Winning Chieli Minucci Releases ‘Return to Budapest with Love,' Live Album

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(April 9, 2024) - "A fan said...he could get the tape," said Jazz guitarist Chieli Minucci about his band Special EFX's live performance in Hungary being released by GR1193 Records in March as "Return to Budapest with Love." "We knew it was being recorded they were involved in the concert. There were a lot of people at the shows."

On March 8, 2024 Grammy nominated Special EFX featuring Chieli Minucci released "Return to Budapest with Love" (GR1193 Records/Chieli Music) a lovely recording of their performances in Hungary which features co-founder of the band Hungarian percussionist George Jinda. The live recorded performances took place in 1990 and 1992 at the famed Petofi Csarnok. It was recorded by a Hungarian radio station and is now available on both CD and digitally. It was Jazz Fusion group Djabe's bandleader and guitarist Attila Egerhazi that came up with the idea to release the archived recording.

"Maybe, we've been touring a lot. You know we play two of George's songs to honor him."," Chieli said when I asked if Special EFX was coming back to Spaghettini, which is near me in Seal Beach, California.

The Special EFX band at the time included Chieli, George, Chiele's frequent songwriter Bela "Szakesi" Lakatos on piano, Lionel Cordew on drums, and Gerald Veasley on bass. Minucci is the only surviving founding member keeping the Special EFX legacy going after 42 years.

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"I picked the songs....so they can hear George," Chieli said as we talked about his late partner. "This record has a lot of energy....what they call Smooth Jazz. He (George) played so well at these shows (George passed away a little over 10 years after the concerts)."

Chieli is fluent in not only Jazz, but Pop R&B, and Rock. As a guitarist Minucci has played for Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Michael Bolton, Eartha Kitt, Kirk Whalum, Maysa, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown and Rick Braun - to name a few. Minucci is a three-time Emmy winning composer with works in such films as No Country for Old Men, BowFinger, Legally Blonde and Panic. He also has Broadway theatre work credits that include Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, and Thomas the Tank Engine. www.ChieliMusic.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist and Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Timeswww.ThePulseofEntertainment.com EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 25th year. Next events are coming to Baltimore via Zoom Saturday April 20, 2024, presented by Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times, and Los Angeles via Zoom Saturday, November 9 2024. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Industry Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $19,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.comor to RSVP for Zoom Access at EventBrite.com or email info@ThePulseofEntertainment.com.

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