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Craig Chaquico - Panorama: The Best Of Craig Chaquico (2000)

Jazz | Author: SELMER | 25-03-2015, 05:38
Craig Chaquico - Panorama: The Best Of Craig Chaquico (2000)
Artist: Craig Chaquico
Title Of Album: Panorama: The Best Of Craig Chaquico
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: Higher Octave
Country: USA
Genre: Smooth Jazz / New Age
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:10:29
Full Size: 489 MB


01. Native Tongue
02. Sacred Ground
03. Forbidden Love
04. Gathering Of The Tribes
05. Cafe Carnival
06. Return Of The Eagle
07. Gypsy Nights
08. Lights Out San Francisco
09. Beyond Words
10. Blue Universe
11. Sweet Talk
12. Autumn Blue
13. Find Your Way Back
14. Acoustic Highway

Since his 1993 debut Acoustic Highway, Craig Chaquico's creative blending of snappy guitar melodies and subtle Native American textures has contributed something of a spiritual nature to smooth jazz. It's interesting to note, however, that as his fame as an instrumental star increased, he became a little more conscious of commercial considerations. The twelve "greatest hits" tracks of Panorama: The Best of Craig Chaquico bear out this evolution. Earlier material like the soundscape-heavy "Gathering of the Tribes" and the drive-time energetic "Native Tongue" let his guitar lead the way, buoyed by the bluesy keyboard textures of longtime partner Ozzie Ahlers. "Sweet Talk" and "Autumn Blue" added the blistering tenor counterpoint of Richard Elliot, while the slick pop slant of "Lights out San Francisco" paired him with the graceful strings of Peter White. But while these all-star enhanced tunes are slightly more radio friendly, Chaquico makes sure his crisp strings are always center stage. Two new cuts hint at his future playing more Latin and trip hop music. He improvises easily over the hypnotic toe-tapping trance grooves of 3rd Force on "Beyond Words," then lets his strings dance over the fiery brass, explosive percussion, and Ahlers' Latin synth harmonies on "Cafe Carnival." This bright fiesta is something of a time travel bridge to Chaquico's days with Starship, his extended electric rock guitar solo being the first time he's ever alluded to those days on one of his mellower instrumental projects. -- Jonathan Widran ~ AllMusic.com

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