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Chieli Minucci & Special EFX - Genesis (2013)

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX - Genesis (2013)

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Chieli Minucci & Special EFX - Genesis (2013)
Artist: Chieli Minucci & Special EFX
Title Of Album: Genesis
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Shanachie
Genre: Smooth Jazz / Fusion / New Age
Format: FLAC (image) / MP3
Bitrate: Lossless / CBR 320 kBit/s
Total Time: 01:05:17
Total Size: 423 MB / 147 MB

01. Crazy Eights [03:48]
02. Till The End Of Time [05:24]
03. Mirage [04:29]
04. Blue Lagoon [04:09]
05. Far Away [04:29]
06. So It Begins [04:38]
07. Calico [05:54]
08. Genesis [03:51]
09. The Haunting [09:13]
10. Your Smile My Heaven [07:25]
11. Club J Z [04:03]
12. Wishing (Wishing, Piroutte, Pas des Deux) [07:52]
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX - Genesis (2013)Review
Those who have followed Special EFX since the groups early years know that guitarist Chieli Minucci has never been short on vision. He and his late partner George Jinda delighted contemporary jazz fans with material that sparkled and inspired. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX step forward with a tight, diverse, and creative project called Genesis, due for release on May 21. It is an apt title, considering that the group captures the very essence of what it has done from its very beginning satisfy. Combining fusion and funk, blues and rock with new age, and simply embodying all things jazz, Minucci and company pack this release with some of the most well-conceived original tracks in the bands history.
In addition to stellar performances by his core band, Minucci gets quality help on select tracks from guests Lao Tizer (acoustic piano), David Mann (sax and flute), Omar Hakim (drums), Karen Briggs (violin), Xu Feiyu (vocals), Mino Cinelu (percussion), and Vic Starsky (vocals).
What makes this top-tier group so special and longstanding? Minucci says, One of the reasons we have been able to maintain our popularity is because we have evolved and changed over the years. When the band first started, we had a heavy world music influence. Later, we highlighted more of an acid-jazz sound, as well as some progressive fusion-rock thrown in for good measure. When people hear our music, they can expect to hear a little of everything! How true. In fact, in listening to this project, I immediately heard some of the abstract stylings found in the music of the iconic rock group Pink Floyd years ago. The track here called Far Away comes to mind, and visions of guitarist David Gilmours runs especially came rushing in as I listened to Minuccis hauntingly beautiful 7-minute track Your Smile, My Heaven. Truly a work of art.
Of course, two or three tracks do not a great album make. You will hear so much quality and eclecticism throughout this album that you may have a hard time choosing a fave, as was and is my case.
From the up-tempo funky, kinda bluesy, and spirited lead track Crazy Eights to the cool and super jazzy Till the End of Time to the island groove of Calico to the previously mentioned and riveting Your Smile, My Heaven and beyond, the band once again does justice to music as a whole.
Genesis is indeed a great celebration of quality Special EFX contemporary jazz, and Minucci leaves no room for doubt. ~ Ronald Jackson --



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The album code is : ODI3006865

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