Special EFX

    Genre : Jazz Fusion

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Few bands in contemporary jazz have been as entertaining and artistically satisfying as Special EFX. Spearheaded by guitarist Chieli Minucci and co-founded by the late percussionist George Jinda, Special EFX helped to pave the road for contemporary jazz during its early years in the 80s and they continue to set the standard. Sweet Surrender showcases a fresh mix of irresistible grooves filled with funky memorable hooks, lyrical sweeping melodies, head-nodding polyrhythmic romps and dance inducing and body shaking rhythms. Highlights on the CD include “Mystical,” the album’s first single, sure to skyrocket to the top of the charts with its funky syncopated melody, surprising chord changes and infectious grooves and the tour-de-force “Au Naturale” which exposes Chieli’s virtuoso guitar skills and keen compositional chops (Minucci wrote all the songs on the CD). Sweet Surrender also features such standouts as the bluesy and soulful “Guitarzzz” which Minucci describes as a cross between the Allman Brothers and contemporary jazz and the trip-hop and electronica tinged “Ascension,” as well as the carnival-like fare “Children’s Day,” which was penned in homage to an annual neighborhood event in Chieli Minucci’s native Forest Hills, Queens. There are also some tender and hauntingly beautiful moments on Sweet Surrender with tracks like “Chant” featuring the vocals of Philip Hamilton and the title track which Chieli based on the Babyface and Eric Clapton collaboration “Change the World. ”Sweet Surrender features Chieli Minucci alongside 'core' Special EFX band members saxophonist and flutist David Mann, drummer Lionel Cordew, vocalist and percussionist Philip Hamilton, pianist and keyboardist Jay Rowe and bassist Jerry Brooks, as well a few guest musicians. As Special EFX embarks on its 25th year as torchbearers of innovative and inspiring instrumental music, Chieli Minucci reflects on the band’s longevity in the music business. "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 a progressive rock sound, followed by acid jazz and now we have more of a rhythm and blues influence. When people hear our music, they can expect to hear a little of everything!”