Tuesday, 28 September 2004
Craig Chaquico was once the lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship, but
you won’t hear a whole lot of polished hard rock riffs, like those
popularized by that AOR radio staple band, on this mostly jazz-oriented
project, Midnight Noon. Chaquico may have built his former city on rock
‘n’ roll, but this current, less obtrusive village is founded upon much
simpler and purer materials.
In many cases, Chaquico plays off of his saxophonist Kevin Paladini and
his keyboardist/producer Ozzie Ahlers to create subtle moods. Ahlers’
Booker T.-like organ fills, for instance, give “Her Boyfriend’s
Wedding” a breezy feel, whereas Paladini’s sax work turns “Dream Date”
into something semi-funky. There is also a distinct Latin vibe running
throughout this release. The most obvious example of this influence
occurs on “El Gato,” since Chaquico anchors it with acoustic Spanish
guitar. But one can also pick up on Latin elements with “Dia del
Zorro,” which was inspired by ...