The extremely talented Smooth Jazz artist Chieli Minucci & Special EFX has released him latest CD on the Shanachie recording label, entitled Sweet Surrender.
Refreshingly, this was one of those CDs I was able to just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. Every track is enjoyable and was pretty easy for me to listen to from start to finish.
One of the refreshingly nice things about this CD is the way all of the participating artists seem to be really enjoying themselves. Combine that with the overall presentation and you've got one of Chieli Minucci & Special EFX's most impressive releases ever.
Overall Sweet Surrender is an outstanding release. What I call must have music. I give it two thumbs up and is most definitely a worthy addition to any Smooth Jazz collection. Truly an outstanding Smooth Jazz CD. One of those that is completely void of any wasted time, as each track is simply superb.
While the entire CD is outstanding some of my favorites are track 2 - Mystical, track 4 - Sweet Surrender, and track 7 - Cry Of My Soul
My SmoothLee Bonus Pick, and the one that got Sore [...as in "Stuck On REpeat"] is track 11 - Children's Day. It's a great track!
Sweet Surrender Release Notes:
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX originally released Sweet Surrender on Feb 27, 2007 on the Shanachie label.
CD Track List Follows:
4. Sweet Surrender
7. Cry Of My Soul
8. Play With Me
9. Rush Hour (Dawn)
10. Rush Hour (Rush)
11. Children's Day
12. New Bop
13. Au Naturale
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX: Chieli Minucci (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, programming); Philip Hamilton (vocals, percussion); David Mann (flute, saxophone); Jay Rowe (piano, keyboards); Jerry Brooks (bass guitar); Lionel Cordew (drums). Recording information: Bass Hit, New York, NY.