The Pulse of Entertainment: Special EFX 'All Stars' Album Featuring Chieli Minucci is a Masterpiece
By Eunice Moseley
11, 2020) - "The thing about this record that's different is I get to play with people that travel with me on the road,
I wrote it with them in mind," said Grammy nominated Chieli Minucci, a Contemporary Jazz guitarist, about his new album
February 14, 2020, Valentine's Day, release titled "All Stars" (Trippin N Rhythm Records)
by his band Special EFX Featuring Chieli Minucci.
The Special EFX band features the vocals of Maysa Leak on the
Hendrix cover "Little Wings". The band consist of Lionel Cordew on drums; Jay Rowe on grand piano/keyboards; Jerry
Brooks on bass; David Mann on sax and flute; Regina Carter on violin; Lao Tizer on grand piano/keyboard; Mino Cinelu on percussion;
Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet; Gerald Veasley on bass; Eric Marienthal on sax; Fernando Saunders on fretless bass; Steve Adelson
on the Chapman stick; Joel Rosenblatt on drums; Antoine Silverman on violin; Lin Roundtree on trumpet; Mike Davis on trombone,
and Nelson Rangell on sax.
"I have a lot of horns, so I wrote for them," Chieli said. "I'm pretty
grass-roots with the people I'm close with. "I kept some sounds of Special EFX. People know that comes from us. What
is new is the big bass tunes. We stay true to what we were in the late 80s."
"All Stars" is the
group's 21st project. They are currently on tour promoting the new "All Star" album which arrives February 13th
at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA; the 15th at Spaghettini's in Seal Beach, CA (where I will be); the 18th at Blues Alley in Washington,
DC; the 19th at Middle C Jazz in Charlotte, NC, and continuing the rest of February and March - ending April 11th at The Cutting
Room in New York, NY.
In reviewing the "All Star" release by Special EFX Featuring Chieli Minucci my
favorites cuts on the album include #1 "Mr. Marzipan" because it has just the right flow and I love the way Chieli
plays the guitar and David plays the sax - they sing. I also like #3, the first single "Hanky Panky Boys" because
the organ skills seem to be taking you to church and I love the "go go" feel thanks to the drums. The #4 selection
"Little Wings," the Jimmy Hendrix cover, because the vocals of Maysa captures you, but the Hendrix influenced guitar
playing and the sax pulls you all the way in. The #5 song "Empathy" is a masterpiece because of the perfect mixture
of the guitar, the sax and the vocals of Fernando. The #7 track "Arise" is short, but its sweet, almost Classical
sounding and I love the end with the violin sounding likes it's on its way to Heaven, and last #9 "Sweet Memories of
You", which just has Chieli on guitar, is simply heavenly. www.ChieliMusic.com www.SpecialEFXMusic.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at
Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: Eunice is founder of the annual "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment
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