Jewel Boxby Govi
Is it possible for two artists to be on the same label so long that one starts to sound like the other? In the case of Govi, who has been a Higher Octave Music labelmate of Craig Chaquico for years, absolutely -- well at least on "Ruby Lips," the moody, easy-rolling opening track on this disc. It's a nice enough cut, a cool mix of acoustic and slow-burning electric guitars, but it sounds like a mellow outtake from any of Chaquico's recent recordings. Odd, since the German-born Govi -- who spent eight years in India and lives in Hawaii -- usually edges toward the more exotic. He kind of mixes the percussive vibe of his usual stuff with another Chaquico-type guitar display on "Moonstone." Govi fortunately finds his truer voice on "Medallion," which features trippy atmospheres and a tantalizing sitar harmony. "Nettie Gem" takes him to even further exotic territory with its wailing blend of Middle Eastern vibes and flamenco flair, and from there the engaging world traveler is home free, finding unique ways to mix the two styles into colorful atmospheres and colorful engaging romps. He even takes the bluesy new age route on "Diamonds in the Dew." As warmly inviting and exotically cool as Govi's music is, it's fascinating to imagine him picking and choosing from his eclectic slate of instruments, which include the Solomon jazz guitar, Fender Strat, Turkish oud, and Jerry Jones electric sitar. He uses all of them to stirring effect. One wonders, however, if before he opened this Jewel Box, he had borrowed one of Chaquico's 50 prized guitars? Or was listening to Acoustic Highway? Since they are signed to the same label, any sonic coincidences should be resolved by a duet album in the future.
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- Higher Octave
Performance CreditsGovi Primary Artist
Jerry Jones Electric Sitar
Richard Rose Keyboards
Gerundino Flamenco Guitar
Godin Guitar (Nylon String)
Adamas 12-string Guitar
Technical CreditsKarunesh Programming
Govi Composer,Audio Production
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Craig Chaquico on Acoustic Highway sounds more like Jerry Garcia. A lot of Mixolydian scales. Totally different emotional content from the opening cut "Ruby Lips". Now I can hear Mark Knopfler, yes. I love his tone. But not Craig. It's like comparing apples and mangos. If you like apples listen to Craig. If you like more excotic fruits you will love Jewel Box.
Being a fan I find this CD to be the best so far. The music is very exotic and has so many new elements that Govi is a true master. Govi's guitars and ethnic instruments blend beautifully with the impressive keyboards and sound programming by Richard Rose.The recording is suberb. Jewel Box is a must CD.