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CHIELI MINUCCI


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Chieli Minucci's CD Without You Without You
This release is packed with all kinds of music – jazz-fusion, world-beat, world-pop vocals, contemporary melodies, rock-tinged versions of EFX classics, and even their first straight-ahead jazz piece. New listeners, as well as longtime fans will feel exhilaration as they listen to this unusual mix of new music!




Chieli Minucci's CD East of the Sun East of the Sun
East of the Sun is a meditative & mystical concept project which has never been released to the public until now. Enjoy the flowing layers of sound and textures set in an exotic, quasi-eastern background of acoustic and electric guitars, percussions, and soft, ambient synthesizers.




Chieli Minucci's CD Travels Travels
Travels is a group of long-form compositions, and a few shorter 'vignettes', written to personal stories reflecting my travels around the world, as well as within my thoughts. These compositions were originally played in theaters around the world as 'pre-show' music for Special EFX concerts as well as traveling children shows, ('Dora the Explorer – Live', and 'Thomas the Tank Engine- Live').




QUOTES

"…extraordinary range and technical finesse." - JazzTimes Magazine

"Chieli Minucci is both an influential elder statesman and true innovator." – Jazziz Magazine

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BIOGRAPHY

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, world rhythms, and the effortlessly flowing guitar artistry that Chieli (key-eh-lee) is known for.

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.

Aside from writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with top artists Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Jessica Simpson, Anastasia, Marion Meadows, Alex Bugnon, Nestor Torres, and many others.

Renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieil is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositional work for CBS’ The Guiding Light. He has also written theme music for Good Morning America, Bloomberg Radio, and Access Hollywood. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others.

On the Broadway scene, Chieli composed and produced the soundtrack for the hit TV series, Dora the Explorer. He also wrote and recorded original songs for the live stage production of Thomas & Friends Live™. Chieli’s popular song "Kickin' it Hard" is featured as the prime hold music on Verizon's conference audio bridge system.


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