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Panorama: The Best of Craig Chaquico

Craig ChaquicoAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • ASIN: B00004UAIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Native Tongue
2. Sacred Ground
3. Forbidden Love
4. Gathering Of The Tribes
5. Cafe Carnival
6. Return Of The Eagle
7. Gypsy Nights
8. Lights Out San Francisco
9. Beyond Words
10. Blue Universe
11. Sweet Talk
12. Autumn Blue
13. Find Your Way Back
14. Acoustic Highway

Editorial Reviews

When former Jefferson Starship guitarist Craig Chaquico (cha-KEY-so) reinvented himself as a pop instrumentalist in 1993 (the year he released Acoustic Highway, his solo debut), he brought the still-fledgling contemporary instrumental genre one of its freshest sounds in years. Chaquico blended skillful pop-rock-blues songcraft with studio savvy to produce a lush, layered acoustic sound so full-bodied that at times he seemed to be leading a guitar choir. His initial hit, the title track from that first disc (and the concluding piece on this best-of package), remains one of the most cheerfully infectious tunes in this category. Other selections on Panorama, a retrospective that samples his first five recordings, also capture the hip, lyrical joyfulness of Chaquico's early work ("Native Tongue," "Sacred Ground," "Return of the Eagle"), where new melodic ideas might pop up at any point in the composition. Elements of smooth jazz began surfacing on his third disc, A Thousand Pictures, and that trend has persisted ever since, draining some of the organic, free-spirited spark from Chaquico's music. The two new tunes found on this disc, "Café Carnival" (a Latin big-band production) and "Beyond Words," suggest that pattern still prevails, and while Chaquico can make smooth jazz sound pretty good (try "Sweet Talk"), that easy-listening glaze is an unnecessary crutch for such an imaginative player. Nevertheless, Panorama is an attractive package; just a touch too sweet in places. --Terry Wood

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality-Highly Enjoyable September 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is the high point of a "journey" I started a year ago when I bought Chaquico and Freeman's cooperation on "From the Redwood to the Rockies".
For a European living in Thailand this sort of music is not the most obvious choice, since it is very American. But...also very beautiful!! Since then I have bought albums by Acoustic Alchemy, Third Force, Petre White and now this one.
I think it is the best of the ones I have heard ( with Rockies a close second).
The songs are very gentle with smooth rhythms, superb acoutic guitar play and wonderful melodies. It contains however also a number of funky and jazzy elements in particular on "Lights out San Fransisco that give the songs depth and compassion and prevent the album from being the sort of New Age music they feed you in airplanes to fall asleep. In fact, it has nothing to do with that; every time you listen to this album, you have to pay full attention, you will discover something new.
For all fans of acoustic guitar music, do not miss this one and for those unfamiliar with (good) New Age music... start with this one.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Panorama of hits. July 27, 2000
By Gia
Format:Audio CD
A fine compilation of hits from Craig Chaquico and the Acoustic Highway band. This cd shows the variety of expressions and the innovative talent that keeps progressing to higher levels. The CD contains two new songs. The smooth "Beyond Words' and the hot & sassy, 'Cafe Carnival'. A must have for your collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gman December 14, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the only CD that I have in both my car and truck. I also have two copies in my house.I love the way this guy plays.His soothing melodies lift me up every time I listen to them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ear-catching December 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This music is high texture - like a nice piece of wicker in a room with all flat surfaces. Great jazz guitar and piano, in the contemporary sense. The music is produced with what I guess is electronic enhancement - which may seem like a turn-off, but it's done very well. When I have this CD playing, people always ask who it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes and enjoy the Panorama June 5, 2002
By S. Sear
Format:Audio CD
Richly textured and well produced (perhaps a bit overly so at times), Craig's music engulfs you. While very relaxing, its nuances and interesting modalities keep it interesting in your head while restful in your heart. With the exception of his `tip of the hat' to his old Starship days in `Find Your Way Back', which kind of sounds silly in this context (and my CD player is set to skip), every track is a Panorama. Definitely, a 5-star effort if it weren't for `Find You Way Back', and what some might call heavy-handed production. I give it a 4 (but I guess I'm rounding downward).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panorama is the most to say about this album !!! February 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Panorama is the most to say about this album because this album is like a mental vision of a series of events!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. 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"(my favorite song) and the full of energy "Native Tongue" let his guitar lead the way."Cafe Carnival" is a latin influenced song that makes you wanna dance after you hear it. "Sweet Talk" and "Autumn Blue" added the blistering tenor counterpoint of Richard Elliot's saxophone.This CD is a time travel bridge to Craig Chaquico's days with Starship.All I can say is this album rocks and I always have this album next to me in my car and I NEVER get tired of listening to it.My favorite song from this CD is "Gathering of the Tribes".This is because I found my inner connection listening to that song.When listening to this CD, all my problems and troubles go away.I am in debt to you Craig, for putting a smile on my face when listening to your music......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it September 9, 2013
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I have enjoyed this CD very much, and play it often. He is a very good guitar player and interesting in what he has done. helen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice change of pace. May 3, 2013
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Great CD. A pleasant change of pace from traditioal music. Probably the most enjoyable insrumental CD i have ever purchased.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good at home and while driving
Never get tired of listening to this CD. Good at home and while driving.
Published 5 days ago by Judith A. Ondina
4.0 out of 5 stars A good compilation of Craig's music.
A good album and I enjoy listening. I have other CD's by him and this is one of my favorites. The sounds take me back to Southern California when I lived there in the 60's.
Published 21 days ago by Jon Edward Lybarger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
Great guitar jazz, new age instrumental music, listen to it over and over
The songs Native Tongue, Sacred Ground, and Sweet Talk are just awesome!
Published 3 months ago by William
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
Excellent cd, very good compilation of Chaquico's works plus the appearance of Peter White and Richard Elliot!!! Been a huge fan for years,this is good stuff!!!
Published 7 months ago by Cat5
5.0 out of 5 stars Big smooth jazz fan!
This is another great addition to my jazz collection. I have wide interests and think Craig's work is very exceptional.
Published 11 months ago by Duane B. Filkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guitar playing
This is an excellent album with first rate guitar playing by Craig Chaquico. There isn't a bad track and this dude can flat out play the guitar. Check it out.
Published 17 months ago by Mary Clare Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp, clean, stunningly beautiful
Craig Chaquico's work is one of a kind, richly structured with incredibly clean, crisp guitar up front. Read more
Published 18 months ago by William R. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!
Love this CD, great for listening while working/school. Jazzy instrumental guitar with a rock feel. Excellent!! I can't recommend this artist highly enougn. Read more
Published 21 months ago by RobC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
There is absolutely nothing I can say about Craig Chaquico's music other than everything he does is awesome!! Love it!!
Published 22 months ago by dpraizer
5.0 out of 5 stars Every cut is a winner
If you enjoy a highly talented guitarist, even if you're not particularly a jazz lover, you cannot help but be moved by this CD. Read more
Published on December 25, 2009 by D. Daly
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