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Tuesday, 28 September 2004 ,  Written by Dan MacIntosh
Craig Chaquico - Midnight Noon
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 ...
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