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Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: 1958

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Chieli Minucci is the leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group Special EFX, which he co-founded with the late George Jinda in 1984. A major force on the jazz and world music scene for 25 years, Special EFX’s newest release, “Without You” is a diverse collection of jazz-fusion, Latin rhythms, and the effortlessly flowing guitar artistry that Chieli (key-eh-lee) is known for.

A true sound-tapestry, blending layers of sound and harmonic texture, “Without You” is an instant classic. This brilliant double CD collection of tracks features the original Special EFX lineup of favorites drummer Lionel Cordew, bassist Jerry Brooks, keyboardist Jay Rowe, and vocalist/percussionist Philip Hamilton, plus many brilliant guest artists, including keyboardist Jeff Lorber, violinist Karen Briggs, keyboardist Lao Tizer, vocalist Will Brock, bassist Dave Anderson, and violinist Alan Grubner. Special EFX is one of the most prominent world fusion groups of the era. During the course of the band’s phenomenal rise to the top of the jazz charts, they released 25 CDs, including Chieli’s 8 solo releases and a live concert DVD. Seminal songs like “Daybreak”, “Cruise Control”, “Bella” and “Seduction” were among their chart-topping hits....
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Music

Featured recording “Without You”

Without You

Self Produced
2011
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    Got It Goin' On!

    Shanachie
    2005
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    Night Grooves

    Shanachie
    2003
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    Sweet On You

    Shanachie
    2000
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    It's Gonna Be Good

    Shanachie
    1998
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    Renaissance

    Shanachie
    1996
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    Jewels

    Shanachie
    1995
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