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Once in a Blue Universe
     

Once in a Blue Universe

by Craig Chaquico
 
Already one of smooth jazz's best selling artists, guitarist Craig Chaquico is an artist least likely to need any sort of commercial boost; yet his fourth release Once in a Blue Universe sacrifices a bit of his trademark subdued musical spirituality for slick pop elements that seem calculated to increase his stature and sales. Fortunately, he doesn't let these

Overview

Already one of smooth jazz's best selling artists, guitarist Craig Chaquico is an artist least likely to need any sort of commercial boost; yet his fourth release Once in a Blue Universe sacrifices a bit of his trademark subdued musical spirituality for slick pop elements that seem calculated to increase his stature and sales. Fortunately, he doesn't let these inclusions -- which include appearances by Dave Koz, Richard Elliot, and Peter White; production help from Boney James producer Paul Brown; and two cover tunes -- detract from the buoyant, strolling acoustic flair that dominates his melodies. Then again, the few tunes featuring only Chaquico and the blues
ock touch of keyboardist Ozzie Ahlers are the standouts, reminding listeners of the simplicity and originality of his first two discs. The tandem's throbbing cover of Dave Mason's "Feelin' Alright" perfectly captures their intense yet often playful partnership, as well as their rock roots. Chaquico will no doubt gain fans of more typical pop-jazz fare with his wider palette this time, but none of the additions reveal his true artistry like the disc's best cut, "Indian Springs," a floating, highly atmospheric tribute to the Southwest featuring the graceful Native American flute shadings of Douglas Spotted Eagle.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/1997
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724384463823
catalogNumber:
44638

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Performance Credits

Craig Chaquico   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion
William Aura   Keyboards
Richard Elliot   Instrumental,Saxophone,Track Performer
Gregg Karukas   Synthesizer,Piano
John Klemmer   Instrumental,Saxophone,Track Performer
Dave Koz   Instrumental,Saxophone
Peter White   Instrumental,Track Performer,spanish guitar
3rd Force   Instrumental,Track Performer
Ozzie Ahlers   Bass,Percussion,Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Douglas Spotted Eagle   Flute,Instrumental,Percussion,Track Performer
Alain Eskinasi   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Larry Kimpel   Bass Guitar
Wade Olson   Drums
Jim Reitzel   Bass Guitar
Carlos Vega   Drums
G.G. Gonoway   Drums
Kevin Pallidini   Saxophone

Technical Credits

William Aura   Producer
3rd Force   Producer
Craig Chaquico   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
Ozzie Ahlers   Producer,Engineer
Paul Brown   Producer,Engineer
Alain Eskinasi   Contributor
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Erik Zobler   Engineer
Benjamin Cziller   Art Direction
Maria Ehrenreich   Production Director

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