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Chieli Minucci & Special EFX at The Cutting Room again July 2, 2015

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Photography, Travel.
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I returned to The Cutting Room last Friday night to see Chieli Minucci & Special EFX perform.

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I last saw them at that venue in January 2014. I arrived close to show time and missed out on a good table. This time, I showed up before the doors opened to ensure better results. The plan worked. I sat at a small table right next to the stage.

Special EFX was led by co-founder Chieli Minucci on guitar:
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With Jay Rowe on keyboards:
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Jerry Brooks, who’s about to tour with Journey, on bass:
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…and Lionel Cordew on drums:
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Plus, special guest Alan Grubner on violin:
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SET LIST
1.
Courageous Cats
Originally heard on: “Jewels,” 1995 (Chieli solo album)

2. Speak to Me (preceded by Chieli’s intro)
Originally heard on: “Masterpiece,” 1999

3. Crazy Eights
Originally heard on: “Genesis,” 2013

4.Till the End of Time
Originally heard on: “Genesis,” 2013

5. George Can’t Dance
Originally heard on: “Catwalk,” 1994

6. Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
Originally heard on: “Renaissance,” 1996 (Chieli solo album)

7. Cruise Control
Originally heard on: “Butterfly,” 2001

8. Your Smile, My Heaven
Originally heard on: “Genesis,” 2013

9. Kickin’ It Hard/Spain
Kickin’ It Hard” originally heard on: “Night Grooves,” 2003 (Chieli solo album); “Spain” is a Return to Forever cover

#2 and 9 featured occasional vocalizing from Chieli.
#8 and 9 featured special guest Alan Grubner.

Various shots of Chieli:
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Vocalizing on “Speak to Me”:
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Jay Rowe’s “Speak to Me” keyboard solo:
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Jerry Brooks’ “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers” bass solo:
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Lionel Cordew’s “Speak to Me” drum solo:
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Alan Grubner’s “Your Smile, My Heaven” violin solo:
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Wide shots from “Kickin’ It Hard”:
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The last note:
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The end:
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It was yet another superb set. Until next time.

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Comments»

1. George Chapogas - July 2, 2015

ty mike. check em out on you tube.

2. Mike C. - July 2, 2015

You checked them out on YouTube? What did you think?


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