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Mystique

by Special EFX

Inspired by the exotic, this 4th release features Chieli & George mixing world percussion with contemporary guitar, all in an eclectic compositional setting. Pop-jazz songs, with drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers, and bassist Victor Bailey.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mystique
(GRP/1987)

1. Hands of the Healer (Minucci)
2. Rainy Sunday (Szakcsi/Jinda)
3. Udu Voodoo (Minucci/Jinda)
4. Plesance (Minucci)
5. Dreamer of Dreams (Szakcsi/Jinda)
6. Noel (Minucci)
7. Islands (Minucci)
8. A Sidestreet In Paradise (Szakcsi/Jinda)
9. When The Earth Was Flat (Minucci)
10. Ritual (Minucci/Jinda)
11. The Sleeping Tiger (Minucci)

Publishers
Chieli Music (ASCAP)
Jinji Music (ASCAP)
Turtlecreek Music (ASCAP)

Musicians
Chieli Minucci……electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, tape loops, drum programming, tape loops
George Jinda…….caxixis, triangle, shaker, finger cymbals, sound discs, shekere, tuned temple blocks, cowbells, ganza, woodblocks, bongos, drums (brushes…), Udu drums, overtone crash, Brazilian tambourin, timbales, china cymbals, crash cymbals, energy chime, chime tree, triangle, roto chime…..
Dennis Chambers……drums
Dave Weckl……drums
Jeff Andrews…..bass
Victor Bailey…..bass
Robbie Kondor…..keyboards
Rob Aries…..keyboards
Szakcsi…..acoustic grand piano

Produced by Chieli Minucci
Co-Producer: George Jinda
Executive Producers: Dave Grusin & Larry Rosen

Arrangements by Chieli Minucci

Recorded and Mixed at Skyline Studio, NYC by Paul Wickliffe
Assistant engineer: Tom Durack
Additional recording at Mediasound, Plant Studios, 39th Street Music Production, and Sound Ideas, NYC
Edited by Josiah Gluck at The Review Room, NYC
Mastering by Jose Rodriguez @ Sterling Sound, NYC
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full bio information
Chieli Minucci was born and raised in NYC. Son of Catherine & Ulpio Minucci (concert pianist/composer, who wrote the 50s hit, Domani (Julius LaRosa), A Thousand Thoughts of You, and Felicia (both Nat King Cole). Chieli grew up in Queens, NY, where he still resides today. He began music early on, studying classical piano from the age of 5, and eventually switched over to guitar at 8. He was continually surrounded by the sound of music, through his father’s piano playing, and composing, which was to play a key role in his musical future as a writer himself.

At age 13 he joined neighborhood friends to form the band, Taurus, which stayed together for about 3 years. Chieli did a great deal of performing and traveling with this band, performing regularly on the Italian Line Cruise ships during Christmas and Easter school holidays, as well as countless school dances and parties, as well as local bars. It was during these teen years that he developed his love for performing, writing, singing, and traveling, all through music.

He attended Ithaca College in upstate NY, where he initially majored in music, studying classical guitar, but eventually settled in as an English major. He continued studying music theory, history, solfeggio, composition, and big band arranging, as well as joining various local groups: Amethyst, a folk/pop trio; The New Band, his first foray into fusion-jazz/rock; Fast Food, a new wave vocal/rock group; Colombo, a Brazilian trio; and finally, a long stint in Gumbo, an original instrumental/fusion rock quartet. The college life gave Chieli an opportunity to be a part of many diverse musical situations, which was key in his future as a composer/guitarist.

Following college he returned to NYC, studying composition privately with Nicolas Flagello. From ages 23 through 25 Minucci worked with many acts: The Commotion, Fran Eckhart, China Davis Band, Sapho, as well as continuing to write his own music, in particular, pop vocal music, for which he teamed up with lyricists Bobby Matthews and Norman Simon. He performed in various groups, including a two-year stint with Eartha Kitt, and eventually The B.B. & Q. Band (Capital), as well as a brief run with the Lou Reed Band, which featured the rhythm section of Fernando Saunders on bass, as well as J.T. Lewis on drums. (soon to become the first rhythm section lineup of Special EFX). Chieli performed at the original Farm Aid concert with Lou Reed as well. It was during this period that he met Hungarian drummer/percussionist, George Jinda.

Soon after meeting George, the two musicians formed Special Delivery, which landed a recording contract in 1982 with Keytone Records, in Holland. Their first LP, simply entitled, Special EFX was eventually picked up for USA distribution by GRP Records (Larry Rosen/Dave Grusin) in NYC. By 1984 Special EFX (newly renamed) had its first US release out in the stores, and the band began its present adventures in touring and performing. Since then Special EFX has recorded 17 CDs, and Chieli has recorded 6 solo CDs on his own. ‘Chieli Minucci with Special EFX’ is still touring regularly.

Chieli has been busy in a wide variety of musical projects, which include recording and performing with top pop artists Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Jessica Simpson, Anastasia and others….as well as jazz/pop artists Bobby Caldwell, Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, Nestor Torez, Bob Baldwin, and many others.

Chieli also has a multimedia website, ChieliMusic.com, which features video, multiple soundclips, individual song downloads from all 26 CDs, as well as all biographical material, full electronic press-kit, etc…

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DISCOGRAPHY

ARTIST/PRODUCER

Chieli Minucci CDs

* Shanachie Entertainment releases
Sweet Surrender (2007)
Got It Goin’ On (2005)
Night Grooves (2003)
Sweet On You (2002)

* JVC Records releases
It’s Gonna Be Good (1998)
Renaissance (2009 & 1996)
Jewels (1995)

* ChieliMusic online releases

Without You (2010 – ChieliMusic)
Travels (2009- Watchfire Music)
East Of The Sun (2009 – Watchfire Music)
Solos, Duos, & Trios (2008)
Pop Today (2008)
Raspberry & Cream (2008)
Drippings (2008)

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Special EFX CDs/DVDs

Without You (2010)

* Shanachie releases
Sweet Surrender (2007)
A Night With Chieli Minucci & Special EFX (2006)
Party (2003)
Butterfly (2001)
Masterpiece (1999)

* JVC Records releases
Body Language (1995)
Catwalk (1994)
Play (1993)

* GRP Records releases
Collection (1993)
Global Village (1992)
Peace Of The World (1991)
Just Like Magic (1990)
Confidential (1989)
Double Feature (1988)
Mystique (1987)
Slice Of Life (1986)
Modern Manners (1985)
Special EFX (1984)

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Smooth Jazz: Pure Pleasure Shanachie/1999

Flavors Of Jazz JVC/1997

Musicland & GRP: Got What’s Hot In Jazz GRP/1992

The GRP Album GRP/2001

Jay Beckenstein “Sunrise” & “Lookin’ Up” Windham Hill/2000
from Eye Contact

Windham Hill A Jazz Noel 1999
“Magic” & “Joyous”

The Very Best Of Smooth Jazz Guitar Shanachie/1998
“Anything & Everything”

GRP Christmas Volume 1 GRP/1988
Collection

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PRODUCER/GUITARIST

Lao Tizer
Passages – Tizer/2009
Golden Soul – Frathouse Records/2001
Short Play – LA Sound/1997

Jay Beckenstein
‘Sunrise’ – Windham Hill/2000
‘Looking Up’
‘I’ve Been Waiting’

Rick Rhodes
Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Polystar/1994
Indian Summer – Polystar/1995
Deep in the Night – Beanbag/1998

Kim Pensyl – Eyes Of Wonder
GRP/1992

Deborah Henson-Conant
The Art Of Harp (Vol. 1) – International Harp Festival 1996
Caught In The Act – GRP/1990
Talking Hands – GRP/1991
Budapest – White Cat/Unity/1992

Heather Mullen – Heather Mullen
Eastwest/1992

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GUITARIST CREDITS

Celine Dion

One Heart Sony/2003
A New Day Has Come Sony/2002
Collector’s Series, Vol. 1 2000
These Are Special Times 550 Music/Epic/1998
Let’s Talk About Love (Australia) 1998
You Only Love Once

Lionel Richie ”To Love A Woman”
Island Def Jam/2002

Mark Anthony – Mended
Columbia/2002
“Tragedy”

Donna Summer – I Will
Sony/2003

Jennifer Lopez J to Tha L-O!: The Remixes

Paula Atherton-Groove With Me
2009

LaChanze-Love
2009

Linda Ciofalo – Dancing With Johnny
2010

Project Synchrony – Rick Nichols
2008 (Linking Point)

Robbie Kumalo – Music is My Friend
2007

Bob Baldwin
Narada/2003
The American Spirit: A Smooth Jazz Celebration
“America The Beautiful” & “Star Spangled Banner”

Nestor Torres – My Latin Soul
Shanachie/2002
“Smooth” & “Hero”

Anastacia
Freak Of Nature Sony/2002
Not That Kind Sony/1999

Kevin Toni – Strut
Shanachie/2001

John Favicchia – Dharma
Fav Music/2001

True Vibe – True Vibe
Essential/Zomba/2001

David Mann – Touch
Encoded/2001

Jessica Simpson – Irresistible
Sony/2001

Tin Tin Out – Anybody’s’ Guess
Virgin/2000

Celeste – This Is Your Life -
Ministry Of Sound/UK/2000

Carman Heart of a Champion
Sparrow/ EMI Christian Group/2000

Steelye Dan Tribute No Static At All
Samson/2000
“Josie” (w/ Dave Koz)

Rosie O’Donnell A Rosie Christmas
Sony/2000
“Winter Wonderland” (with Donny Osmond)

Club 1600
“Stay”
Encoded/N2K/2000

Samantha Sima- Identity
Genie Entertainment/2000

Tre-O – Music of the Heart
Sony/1999
“Seventeen”

Tom Browne – R ‘N’ Browne
Hip Bop/1999

Giselle d’Cole -G iselle D’Cole
Sony/Disco1999

Jewel Joy: A Holiday Collection
Atlantic/1999

Mya
Caliente/Atlantic/1999

Gerald Veasley -Love Letters (wrote “Hypnotize”)
Heads Up/1999

Jennifer Lopez – On The 6
“Promise Me You’ll Try”
Work/Sony/1999

Backstreet Boys – Millennium
“I Need You Tonight”
Jive/Zomba/1999

Russell Gunn – Ethnomusicology (Vol. 1)
Atlantic/1998

Ginette Reno – Love Is All
Attic Records Limited/1998

Mercedes Hall – Somewhere In Town
1998

Sola – Haunts
Also Productions/1998

Marion Meadows – Pleasure
“Unchain My Heart”
Sire/Discovery/1998

Nicole Renee – Nicole Renee
Atlantic/1998
“Memorabilia”

Bakithi Kumalo – San Bonan
Siam/1998

Armsted Christian – The Wave Is Coming
Siam/1998

Will Downing – Invitation Only
Mercury/1997

Slim Mann – Secret Rendezvous
Encoded/1997

Angela Bofill – Love in Slow Motion
Shanachie/1996

Chaka Khan Epiphany:

The Best Of Chaka Khan Warner Bros.
“Your Love Is All I Know” 1996

Voyeur Boulevard Columbia/1996

Lionel Hampton – For the Love of Music
Mo Jazz/1996

E.Y.C. – I Feel It
MCA/1996
“In The Beginning”
Billy Mann – Billy Mann
A&M/1996

Jenny Burton – The Jenny Burton Experience”
Voiceworks/1995

Mark Johnson – Mark Johnson
JVC/1994

Mavis Staple – The Voice
Warner Bros./Paisley Park/1993

Christoph Spendel – Cool Street
TCB/1993

Noel Pointer – Never Lose Your Heart
Shanachie/Cachet/1993

Bemshi – Woman Child
Capitol/1992
Gabor Kristof – The Fast Lane
Champagne/1989

Omar Hakim – Rhythm Love
GRP/1989

Roberta Flack – Oasis
Atlantic/1988

Lala – Lala
Arista/1987

The Bellestars – World Domination
MCA/Stiff/1986

Cheryl Lynn – It’s Gonna Be Alright
CBS/1985

Chris Hinze – Saliah
Keytone/1984

High Fashion – Make Up Your Mind
Capitol/EMI/1983

Change – This Is Your Time
Atlantic/RFC/1983

The B.B.Q. Band – Six Million Times
Capitol/EMI/1983

The B.B.Q. Band
Capitol/EMI/1982

Compilations
Various Artists Guitar Fire!: GRP Gold Encore… (1983)
Various Artists GRP Digital Sampler, Vol. 1 (1984)
Various Artists GRP Christmas Collection (1988)
Various Artists KBLX – The Quiet Storm (1988)
Various Artists WNUA 95.5: Smooth Sounds, Vol. 1
Various Artists WQCD: Cool Sounds of CD 101.9, Vol… (1988)
Various Artists GRP: On the Cutting Edge (1989)
Various Artists KIFM: Smooth Sounds of San Diego,… (1989)
Various Artists WNUA 95.5: Smooth Sounds, Vol. 2 (1990)
Various Artists WQCD: Cool Sounds of CD 101.9, Vol… (1990)
Various Artists GRP Digital Sampler: On the… (1991)
Various Artists KIFM: Smooth Sounds of San Diego,… (1991)
Various Artists WCDJ: GRP Presents CD 96.9 -… (1991)
Various Artists WHVE: The Wave (1991)
Various Artists GRP 10th Anniversary Collection (1992)
Various Artists Smooth Sounds of Quiet, Vol. 2 (1992)
Various Artists Music Land & GRP: Got What’s Hot… (1992)
Various Artists World of Contemporary Jazz Groups (1993)
Various Artists Flavors of Jazz (1997)
Various Artists Hip Bop’N Smooth (1999)
Various Artists Jazz Noel (1999)
Various Artists Smooth Jazz: Pure Pleasure (1999)
Various Artists Club 1600 (2000) Guitar
Various Artists Smooth Jazz: Sexual Healing (2000)
Various Artists Smooth Jazz Number Ones (2000)
Various Artists 102.5 the Wave
Various Artists GRP New Magic Digital Sampler, Vol…
Various Artists GRP Digital Sampler, Vol. 2
Various Artits Music for the New Millennium (2000)
Various Artists Satin Doll: Smooth Jazz Plays Duke (2001)
Various Artists Smooth Jazz: The Quiet Storm (2001)
Various Artists Smooth Jazz: Sweet Love (2002)
My Kind Of Jazz Sheer Sound (South Africa 2002)
A Taste of Pop Jazz (Pop Jazz)
Various Artists The best of Jazzin’ Around – Sheer Sound

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ARRANGING CREDITS

Jay Beckenstein “Sunrise” & “Lookin’ Up”
Windham Hill/2000

Patrick “Patches” Stewart – Penetration
Hip Bop/1998
remixes & edits

Spyro Gyra
“Ariana” from Love & Other Obsessions

GRP/1995
“Heart Of The Night”

GRP/1996
“Ariana” from Retrospective
GRP/1997

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SOUNDTRACKS/FILM/TELEVISION

Firehouse Dog – “Lady Is A Vamp” (Minucci/Kallins/Skinner)
Todd Holland – director 2007

No Country For Old Men – “Deep Cry” (Minucci/Kallins)
The Coen Brothers – directors – 2007

Legally Blonde – “Perfect Day”
2001

Bowfinger “Super Smooth” (C. Minucci/M. Kallins)
Frank Oz – director – 1999

Snake Eyes “Fiesta Mexicana”
Brian DePalma – 1998

One of the primary composers, since 1999, for the CBS Daytime Drama,
Guiding Light. Has composed over 700 individual cues.

Composed and produced the soundtrack for the
2003-2009 Clear Channel/Nickolodeon
live tour productions of the hit TV series,
Dora the Explorer.
Both ‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure ,’
and ‘The City of Lost Toys’,
currently touring internationally.

Chieli has written and recorded the soundtrack
for the smash hit Themestar stage production
of the long-running British kid’s TV show,
Thomas & Friends Live! – Thomas Saves The Day!

Composed background music, since 1997, for As The World Turns, and Another World, scoring over 400 individual cues.

ABC-TV The Beach Boys: An American Family
2/00
“Surf and Turf”

HBO “Watch Out HBO” 2000
music for HBO’s new season

Bowfinger “Super Smooth” (C. Minucci/M. Kallins)
1999

Snake Eyes “Fiesta Mexicana”
Brian DePalma/1998

Performed as guitarist on:

Uptown Girls (starring Brittany Murphy)
MGM/2003

Double Platinum (starring Diana Ross & Brandy)
Arif Mardin/1999
(TV movie)

Clean & Narrow (Jimmy Webb- composer)
Showtime Movie/1999

Tre-O – Music of the Heart
Sony/1999
“Seventeen”

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (starring Bette Midler)
Disney/1996

Ishtar (Dave Grusin-composer)
Columbia/1987
starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman

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MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC PRODUCTION

Gotham Library/Firstcom (distributed by Universal Music)
As one of the chief composers,recorded/composed/performed more than 60 individual CDs for Emanuel Kallin’s, Gotham Music between 1998-2009. These music ‘beds’ have appeared in dozens of television and radio programs/jingles,as well as major motion pictures.

Composed all the music, including the main “IDs”, for Bloomberg Radio, NYC during the years 2000-2001

Sound Ideas/Westar Music Library
Over The Edge 2002
X-Treme Sports 2 2002
Manhattan Silhouette 2001
Sex & Romance 2001
Neon Nights 1999
Second Cup 1999

De Wolfe Music
Latin Power 1999
Smooth Jazz #4

Killer Tracks Library
The 60’s Vol. 1 1997

Firstcom
American Dream Vol. 2 1996
Lifestyles 1995
American Dream 1994


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