Special EFX Biography

Formed in New York in 1982 by George Jinda (4 June 1940, Hungary, d. 11 January 2002; drums/percussion) and Chieli Minucci (b. 17 April 1958, Huntington, New York, USA; guitar), Special EFX blended African and Latin rhythms and produce a mixture of light rock and MOR jazz. Their music is perfect for the GRP Records label and consequently their output is prolific. They employ additional musicians to give them a rich and, in keeping with GRP’s policy, state-of-the-art recording sound. Session players include Mark Egan, McCoy Tyner, Dave Grusin and Omar Hakim. All the albums up to Just Like Magic were basically the same sensitive mixture of accessible jazz/pop. The latter album is more acoustic, with Jinda’s electronic percussion replaced by ‘wooden world music’.

The duo split up in 1995, with both members releasing solo collections and Jinda continuing to work under the Special EFX name. In 1997, Jinda suffered a severe asthma attack that caused myoclonic disorder that in turn left him paralysed. Minucci elected to carry on the Special EFX name, recording Masterpiece with saxophonist David Mann. Jinda died in January 2002. Minucci now records and performs under his own name.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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