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Panorama: The Best of Craig Chaquico

  • 1. Native Tongue
    2. Sacred Ground
    3. Forbidden Love
    4. Gathering of the Tribes
    5. Caf Carnivl - (new recording)
    6. Return of the Eagle
    7. Gypsy Nights
    8. Lights Out San Francisco - (featuring Peter White)
    9. Beyond Words - (new recording, featuring 3rd Force)
    10. Blue Universe - (featuring John Klemmer/3rd Force)
    11. Sweet Talk - (featuring Richard Elliot)
    12. Autumn Blue
    13. Find Your Way Back
    14. Acoustic Highway
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 49272

  • Credits
    EngineerCraig Chaquico; Erik Zobler; Ozzie Ahlers

    Personnel includes: Craig Chaquico (guitar, programming); Peter White (Spanish guitar); Richard Elliot, Kevin Paladini, John Klemmer, Richard Hardy (saxophone); Ozzie Ahlers (keyboards, synthesized bass, percussion); Greg Karukas (piano, synthesizer); Craig Dobbin (piano, programing); William Aura, Bill Heller (keyboards, programming); Jim Reitzel, Derek Jones, Larry Kimpel (bass); Wade Olson, Carlos Vega (drums); Alain Eskinasi (percussion, samples); Lenny Castro, Alex Marlowe, Ray Yslas (percussion).
    Producers: Craig Chaquico, Ozzie Ahlers. 3rd Force, William Aura.
    Recorded at Luna Tunes, Mill Valley & OzWorld, Novato, California.
    Personnel: Craig Chaquico (guitar, programming); Peter White (Spanish guitar); John Klemmer, Richard Elliot, Richard Hardy (saxophone); Gregg Karukas (piano, synthesizer); Craig Dobbin (piano, programming); Ozzie Ahlers (keyboards, bass synthesizer, percussion, programming); William Aura, Bill Heller (keyboards, programming); Wade Olson, Carlos Vega (drums); Ray Yslas, Alex Marlowe, Alain Eskinasi, Lenny Castro (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Craig Chaquico; Nick Sodano; Ozzie Ahlers; William Aura.
    Recording information: Lunatunes, Mill Valley, CA, Unites States; OzWorld, Novato, CA, Unites States.
    Photographers: Craig Chaquico; Bill Reitzel; Karen Miller.
    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

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