Berks Jazz Fest 2012: Chieli Minucci & Special EFX with Bernie Williams

Chieli Minucci & Special EFX with special guest Bernie Williams on guitar performed next, the band consisted of Lionel Cordew on drums, Jerry Brooks on bass, Jay Rowe on keyboards and Richie Cannata on sax. The two guitarists kicked off the show with an extended version of "Little Wing" alternating and feeding off of each other, building the song nicely, followed by a funky instrumental that had the band groove along with some fiery sax solos by Richie Cannata. Bernie Williams and Chieli Minucci are like-minded musicians who blend very well together, they played "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" beautifully leading the song to great climax, which had the crowd cheering. Next they played the title track from Bernie Williams' CD Movin' Forward, followed by "Ritmo De Otono" from the same album, featuring some heartfelt sax playing by Richie Cannata. Later they did "In Memory Of Elizabeth", a song Chieli Minucci always wanted to perform live, followed by "Kickin' It Hard", a classic Special EFX tune. As an encore, they brought violinist Karen Briggs to the stage to play "Cruise Control" with the band, bringing a truly enjoyable concert to an end. The inclusion of Bernie Williams brought variety, the music was a bit more relaxed, and saxophonist Richie Cannata proved to be an excellent addition to the band.