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Special EFX

Combining Latin and African rhythms with the light textures of MOR jazz, Special EFX emerged as one of the most prominent world fusion groups of their era. Formed in New York in 1982, Special EFX was essentially a duo comprised of guitarist Chieli Minucci and Hungarian-born drummer/percussionist George Jinda; debuting in 1985 with the album Modern Manners, they often recruited other musicians to help flesh out their state-of-the-art sound, among them Dave Grusin, Omar Hakim, and McCoy Tyner. Long favoring an accessible and slick jazz-pop sound, the duo significantly altered their identity with 1990's Just Like Magic, adopting a more acoustic texture and exchanging Jinda's electronic percussion for what he dubbed "wooden world music." After 1995's Body Language, Minucci and Jinda split, with the latter continuing to work under the Special EFX name; in early 1997, however, tragedy struck when Jinda -- having recently completed the album Here to Stay -- suffered a massive stroke, subsequently lapsing into a coma. After several years of very poor health, Jinda passed away in New York on January 11, 2001. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Nice soft jazz sound for relaxing
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Please add the all of the albums of Special Efx......and not compilation CDs with one song.....
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j.doughney
Chieli--Joe Doughney here (formely Of GRP was you engineer) How are things? I am doing Braodway now sets and design..go figure!!! need to get in touch with you! Call The spoon group 732-499-9370
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The memory amazes me! Back in '89, my friends and I caught EFX at Eubie's at the Baltimore Fishmarket. Fell in love with them then not realizing how awesome and big they were...befor e "smooth jazz" was a genre.
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vanreddog
In FACT, Chieli Minucci and Lao Tizer are playing the Anthology in San Diego on April 2, 2010!
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vanreddog
Special EFX was, and IS still, a band featuring Chieli Minucci. Of course, his trusted side-kick, George Jinda died a few years ago. Chieli has played on the West Coast four times in the last three years, bringing with him his East Coast band twice, and twice featuring a West Coast contingent of talented musicians. Then, there is Chieli Minucci's collaboratio n with talented song-writer Lao Tizer. They have toured extensively together, along with violinist Karen Briggs. Let's welcome Chieli to
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jjones241
1993 May 14 - Rhythms -Cleveland, OH
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jjones241
We saw Special EFX, Chieli Menucci and George Jinda at Rhythms on Playhouse Square in Cleveland OH several years ago. Small, close quarters, comfortable, and the best (live) music we have ever heard. It was in every way the best! Hard to believe they are not recognized here. Such a tragic loss to music to lose George Jinda.
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Special EFX was a group featuring Chieli Menucci and George Jinda. Do you have any of this music?

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