Contemporary Jazz All-Stars
feat. Nelson Rangell & Lao Tizer
Few bands in contemporary jazz have been as entertaining and artistically satisfying as Special EFX. Spearheaded and founded by guitarist Chieli Minucci in 1983, Special EFX helped to pave the road for contemporary jazz during its early years in the 1980s, and they continue to set the standard.
Born and raised in New York, Chieli Minucci is a tour de force guitarist who has been first call for such iconic stars as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Jessica Simpson, Anastasia and others, as well as Bobby Caldwell, Marion Meadows, Jay Beckenstein, Kim Waters, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Veasley, Lao Tizer, Nestor Torres, Bob Baldwin, and many others.
Nelson Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in contemporary jazz, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo. Touring internationally since the late 1980s, Rangell has worked with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, and many others.
Keyboardist Lao Tizer is one of today’s rising stars of the world-fusion genre. Tizer’s original music has spurred comparisons of a modern twist to the 1970s and early 1980s heyday of jazz fusion, when trailblazing ensembles like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report set the aesthetic standard. Lao’s music has a multi-genre, multi-national appeal, and they have performed alongside Zappa Plays Zappa, Jethro Tull, Isaac Hayes, Al Jarreau, Spyro Gyra, George Benson, Soulive, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby and Robin Thicke.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“extraordinary range and technical finesse.” – Jazz Times
“Chieli Minucci is both an influential elder statesman and true innovator.” – Jazziz
“Chieli Minucci…a fire-breathing dragon on guitar.” – Downbeat