Year Of Release: 2013
Genre: Smooth Jazz / Fusion / New Age
Quality: FLAC (image) / MP3
Total Time: 01:05:17
Total Size: 421 MB / 148 MB
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01. Crazy Eights [03:48]
02. Till The End Of Time [05:24]
03. Mirage [04:29]
04. Blue Lagoon [04:09]
05. Far Away [04:29]
06. So It Begins [04:38]
07. Calico [05:54]
08. Genesis [03:51]
09. The Haunting [09:13]
10. Your Smile My Heaven [07:25]
11. Club J Z [04:03]
12. Wishing (Wishing, Piroutte, Pas des Deux) [07:52]
In addition to stellar performances by his core band, Minucci gets quality help on select tracks from guests Lao Tizer (acoustic piano), David Mann (sax and flute), Omar Hakim (drums), Karen Briggs (violin), Xu Feiyu (vocals), Mino Cinelu (percussion), and Vic Starsky (vocals).
What makes this top-tier group so special and longstanding? Minucci says, “One of the reasons we have been able to maintain our popularity is because we have evolved and changed over the years. When the band first started, we had a heavy world music influence. Later, we highlighted more of an acid-jazz sound, as well as some progressive fusion-rock thrown in for good measure. When people hear our music, they can expect to hear a little of everything!” How true. In fact, in listening to this project, I immediately heard some of the abstract stylings found in the music of the iconic rock group Pink Floyd years ago. The track here called “Far Away” comes to mind, and visions of guitarist David Gilmour’s runs especially came rushing in as I listened to Minucci’s hauntingly beautiful 7-minute track “Your Smile, My Heaven.” Truly a work of art.
Of course, two or three tracks do not a great album make. You will hear so much quality and eclecticism throughout this album that you may have a hard time choosing a fave, as was and is my case.
From the up-tempo funky, kinda bluesy, and spirited lead track “Crazy Eights” to the cool and super jazzy “Till the End of Time” to the island groove of “Calico” to the previously mentioned and riveting “Your Smile, My Heaven” and beyond, the band once again does justice to music as a whole.
Genesis is indeed a great celebration of quality Special EFX contemporary jazz, and Minucci leaves no room for doubt. ~ Ronald Jackson