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Jazz - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

It's hard to guess why Chieli Minucci releases some albums under his own name and some under Special EFX. Party could have been a solo album since it includes the same principle lineup as Minucci's own Night Grooves, and once again he is the sole composer. Regardless of how he chooses to package it, Party is right up there with his best moments in Special EFX or on his own. As the title suggests, it's a funkier, more upbeat, and more straight-ahead Special EFX, with the late George Jinda's influence being felt on the occasional worldbeat moment. Minucci can deliver the tunes and unlike most of the smooth jazz competition, he gives the sidemen plenty to work with. Bassist Jerry Brooks doesn't waste any of his moments in the spotlight (check his Jaco-like runs on "Dusk Till Dawn") and saxophonist David Mann's turns are always meaningful and responsive to the other players. Even when Mann's soprano gets a bit too precious on "Fantasies," Minucci's contrasting trickle of notes keeps things interesting. So what if the boppers crinkle their noses? With both Party and Night Grooves seeing release in 2003, Minucci has delivered two polished and funky home runs in one year. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Jazz - Released February 14, 2020 | Trippin N' Rhythm Records

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Jazz - Released April 14, 2017 | Trippin N' Rhythm Records

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Jazz - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

On the group's 15th album, 1999's Masterpiece, Special EFX deliver more smooth, worldly jazz. Chieli Minucci produced the album and is also featured on guitar, highlighting the Latin and African-tinged compositions with his technical skill. A special remix of "Down to the Bone" is also included on Masterpiece, adding yet another dimension to the group's sound. © Heather Phares /TiVo
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Jazz - Released June 20, 2005 | Shanachie

"...Reliably easygoing smooth-jazz composiitons...that are sunny and sweet..." © TiVo
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | GRP

Starting in the mid-'80s, guitarist Chieli Minucci and percussionist George Jinda co-led Special EFX, an unclassifiable group who combined together aspects of fusion, world music, rock, and pop in their own unique sound. Special EFX was a fixture on the GRP label during 1985-1993. This CD has 15 selections drawn from eight of their GRP sets and features the co-leaders (who take "Udu Voodoo" as a duo) joined by up to five other musicians, including several keyboardists, bassist Mark Egan, and drummer Dave Weckl. The melodic music (which often has electric keyboards as the lead along with Chielli's guitars) is full of complex pop rhythms, catchy themes, passionate solos, and subtle surprises. Although certainly not for jazz purists, Special EFX has their own interesting appeal and this sampler CD acts as an excellent introduction to their unusual and accessible music. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released September 12, 2008 | Timeless Records

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Jazz - Released March 24, 2017 | Trippin 'n Rhythm

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Jazz Fusion & Jazz Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | JVC Musical Industries

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Jazz - Released January 10, 2020 | Trippin N' Rhythm Records

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Jazz - Released September 12, 2008 | Timeless Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1992 | Verve Reissues