Friday, July 1, 2022

The Pulse of Entertainment: Chieli Minucci’s ‘Someone’s Singing,’ a Sweet Paradise of Mystical Jazz

Guitarist Chieli Minucci in concert.
Guitarist Chieli Minucci in concert. (Credit: Freelance Associates)

*I don’t get many albums on disc anymore, but three-time Emmy winning and one-time Grammy-nominated guitarist Chieli Minucci sent me one, “Someone’s Singing,” his newest solo project. I couldn’t wait to open it up, check out the cover and credits, and of course review it. The entire project offers a sweet paradise of mystical tunes, which ranged in flavor from Country, to Folk, to Jazz, to Latin just to bring you to where he was as a young boycott. Maybe he was sitting around the fire with the other scouts singing “Kumbaya” while feeling the connection between them all, which made the moment stick in his mind. Now he is sharing that moment of togetherness with us.

“Someone’s Singing” offers 12 selections produced, written (10 of the 12) and arranged by Chieli. They are all led by his strings played expertly on his acoustic guitar. Two of the tracks are tunes you will recognize that Chieli turns into something masterful – “Someone’s singing (Kumbaya)” and “Dreaming ‘Little Drummer Boy’.” Minucci also plays percussions and a kalimba (African thumb piano) on the project.

Bass players Jerry Brooks and Fernando Saunders assist on the “Someone’s Singing” album on bass, Steve Skinner on guitar and George Jinda on percussion. Also a 10-time Emmy nominee, Chieli Minucci is the founder of the Special EFX Jazz band currently celebrating 40 years with a new album “Twenty Twenty 2” to be released April 15, 2022. Right now he is promoting his solo “Someone’s Singing” album and will kick-off a tour in mid-March to offer performances of songs from this album and the new Special EFX project.

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Chieli garnered so many Emmy Awards and nominations because he is a well sought after composer and has written music for such projects as “The Guiding Light,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol,” and “Good Morning America.” He has also written scores for films such as Bowfinger, Legally Blonde and Panic. He wrote the Bloomberg Radio theme and music for the live production of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer and Thomas the Tank Engine. As a musician he has worked with Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Marion Meadows and Mindi Abair.

My favorite cuts on the “Someone’s Singing” album includes the title track “Someone’s Singing” because it starts off Country or Folk and smoothly blends into soft Jazz which has a mystical sound; #3 “Church” because of its sweet Jazzy feel that has a flair of Latin vibe; #4 “Dreaming Little Drummer Boy” because of the Little Drummer Boy hook that took me to the Christmas season which I love, then it turns into a Contemporary Jazz dream; #7 “Free Again” because it sounds like a beautiful piece that would be on a soundtrack and the way it blends into an up-tempo track provoking visions of paradise; #8 “Liminality” because it’s a great selection to go sailing or cruising on the highway – you can almost hear the strings singing words, and #10 “Cup of Love” because it’s a lovely piece that made me want to modern-dance and twirl around forever. www.ChieliMusic.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist & Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 23rd year. Next events are coming to Baltimore Saturday April 16, 2022 via Zoom Conferencing and Los Angeles Saturday, November 5, 2022 via Zoom Video Conferencing. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and a National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $17,000 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email info@ThePulseofEntertainment.com.

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Dr. Eunice Moseleyhttp://www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com
Eunice Moseley is a syndicated columnist of The Pulse of Entertainment, which has an estimated syndicated readership of 1/4 million a week. She is also a PR/Media & Promotions consultant at her firm Freelance Associates (www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com) located in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, is the founder and coordiantor of the 'Uplifting Minds II' Entertainment Conference (www.UpliftingMinds2.com) held annually in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, as well as, the Promotions Director (at-large) at The Baltimore Times.

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