Veteran smooth jazz guitarist Craig Chaquico has finished a new CD titled Follow the Sun, which will be released by the Shanachie record label on May 19. Chaquico's first non-holiday CD in almost five years follows Midnight Noon, which boasted the smooth jazz hits “Her Boyfriend’s Wedding” and “Dream Date.”
"Why Follow the Sun?" asks Chaquico. "Well, when you think about it, most of us jazz musicians come out after the sun goes down. So we kinda follow the sun. We’re sorta like night-blooming jazz-men."
Follow the Sun features nine original songs and a guitar-cover of saxophonist Kenny G’s first major hit single, “Song Bird.” The CD features plenty of Chaquico’s trademark guitar playing, Latin rhythms, and several rock-guitar passages that recall his days with the legendary rock group Jefferson Starship. Titles include “Fantasy in Paradise,” “Barefoot in the Sand,” “The Coast of Orion” and “Lights Out San Francisco,” the latter with vocalist Rolf Hartley.
The CD could be one of the best of Chaquico's career. The many stylings and adventuresome playing raise it to the top.Posted by Brian Soergel at May 4, 2009 6:40 PM