As a Grammy-nominated guitarist and former member of the pop/rock group Jefferson Starship, Craig Chaquico has made quite a name for himself. With 20 gold records to his credit and a slew of successful new age and adult alternative hits, Holiday, Chaquico‘s first ever Christmas CD, spells success in a new musical genre. The recording showcases his legendary musicality and innovative crossover style on both seasonal favorites and inspired originals. In addition to the innovative musical interpretations, the artful lenticular CD cover doubles as a die-cut Christmas tree ornament! A new rendition of “Winterflame” is a standout in a three-song medley, while such favorites as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Silent Night,” and “White Christmas” get complete jazz/rock fusion makeovers that draw upon Chaquico‘s world of influences. “Nonesuch/Ladies Bramzel” features students and a teacher from the Siskiyou Waldorf School in a harp, vocals, and violin ensemble in which Chaquico plays piano. This is among the more enthralling songs on the program and could quite easily become a favorite in youth ensemble repertoires. Overall, Chaquico totally captivates his listeners with the intensity of his guitar and the
new arrangements of traditional holiday music.
Perhaps “Holiday” is the quintessential CD that stands out from other run of the mill holiday season CDs in that it breaks new ground with its innovative arrangements and unique variety of sounds. This will be the Yuletide CD that you’ll want to listen to over and over and over again. By creating the sound and feeling that Craig was sitting in your living room playing the acoustic guitar in front of your fireplace at your own private holiday event, and then some songs with a few additional acoustic players who happened to show up at the party, to some songs where you are sitting in the front row of a full blown band live concert with everybody on stage in front of you, Craig Chaquico’s “up close and personal” recording of classics and original material begs for more than just one listen. There is a lush intimate 10-guitar version of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and a full jammin’ band track version of “Angels We Have Heard On High” that sounds like it was recorded during the “Return of the Eagle”, “Cafe Carnival”, and the”Acoustic Highway” recording sessions, with musical elements from all three featuring piano, horns and Latin percussion.
Angels We Have Heard On High
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Ashes Of The Fall / Winterflame…
Jingle Bells / Jingle Bells (Slight…
Every Day’s A Holiday (With You)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (And…
Waltz Of The WInter Constellations
Nonsuch / Ladies’ Bramzel
Guitars, Production, Mixing, Art Direction, Arrangements, Piano
Keyboards, Production, Arrangements
Additional Keyboards, Drum Programming, Loops, Musical Arrangements, Bass, Piano and Organ on “Angels We Have Heard On High”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Jingle Bells”, Additional Production, Pre-Mixing
Bass on “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”
MOTU Digital Engineering, Editing, Mixing Assistance
Project Management, Art Direction
Photo Production, Design
Art Direction, Design
3-D Graphic Design
Recorded at Lunatunes, Ashland, OR, OzWorld, Novato, CA, Heller Studio, Long Island, NY, Elve’s Presley Studios, North Pole.Mixed at Higher Octave Music, Inc. and Lunatunes, Ashland, OR.Additional pre-mixes perfromed at Heller Studios, Long Island, NY.Mastered at Mastermind Productions, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.Hair and make-up by Marcus Geezer.