Sweet on You

Sweet on You

by Chieli MinucciChieli Minucci


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Just as Ed Hamilton played it cool and safe when he signed on with Shanachie for Groovology, Chieli Minucci's solo debut for the label features a bit less edge, a bit more pop, and much more of a kick back vibe than his early solo efforts for JVC. It's not that Sweet on You lacks adventure; it's simply a more in the pocket variety. Whereas in the past, he might wow us with wacky multi-movement jam sessions, on tunes like "Hot 100" he opens with an hypnotic, swaying atmosphere, then bursts into a staccato melody featuring muted electric guitar, synth vibes, and horns over a punchy live percussion pattern. The middle of the track features some easy improvisation over a drifting atmosphere featuring a subtle blues keyboard harmony. While past albums featured elongated spiritual passages loaded with space, Minucci's equivalent here is "Breaking Away," which features a gently soaring duet with pianist Jay Rowe that smacks of the Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays approach over a subtle locomotive throb. Minucci also mines wah-wah inflected retro-soul turf on "Around the World," and hits smooth jazz pay dirt on the very Special EFX like "Endless Summer," and the Brazilian tinged title cut, whose easy wordless vocals by Rosanna Vitro make it sound like a classic Joyce Cooling cut.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2000
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351506627
catalogNumber: 5066
Rank: 76541

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chieli Minucci   Primary Artist
Gerald Albright   Soprano Saxophone
David Mann   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roseanna Vitro   Vocals
David Charles   Percussion
Barry Danielian   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Stan Harrison   Alto Saxophone
Chris Howard   Recorder
Lenny Pickett   Tenor Saxophone
Jay Rowe   Piano
Fernando Saunders   Fretless Bass Guitar
Paul Wickliffe   Recorder
Jerry Brooks   Bass
Armstead Christian   Vocals
Werner "Vana" Gierig   Piano

Technical Credits

Chris Howard   Engineer
Chieli Minucci   Composer,Producer
Paul Wickliffe   Engineer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer

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