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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Great catchy music!

I first heard "Bella" from this album on XM Radio 71 (Watercolors). I was hooked. After buying the album on iTunes, I was really hooked. Very catchy music that stays with you all day. The best songs are Bella, Miami, and Speak to Me. Highly recommended!

This is My Kind of Music

Even though I'm 13, I Love this jazzy feeling- great for a relaxing vacation on the beach!


Formed: 1982

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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