It's no wonder that many former guitar rockers like Peter White, Jeff Golub, and Craig Chaquico are succeeding in smooth jazz. They have a sharp, alluring energy to their smooth jazz licks and rhythm playing that's filtered through years of generating the manic energy needed for arena rock. This former Jefferson Starship member may be the most tasteful of the three, for in addition to highly charged tracks like "Innocent Kiss" and "Caf� Carnival," Chaquico has seemingly mastered the art of crafting hooks that are at once catchy like a good pop tune, but sophisticated enough to provide interesting chord changes for dynamic soloing. To call this 10-song set radio-friendly is an understatement, as programmers will feast on "Westside Hotel," "Afterglow," "Could We Fall in Love," and the too cool "Luminosa," but there's plenty of substance for lovers of good guitar playing. Chaquico's longtime collaborator Ozzie Ahlers also shines throughout, with some burning organ on "Hurry Home" and a surprising tribute to piano legend Les McCann on the classic "Compared to What." --Mark Ruffin
"Shadow and Light" is one of Chaquico's finest outings yet. Once again produced by himself and Ozzie Ahlers this disc triumphs. His seventh disc has both acoustic and electric guitar on four of the ten tracks.
From the opening track "Innocent Kiss" to the final track, a remix of his #1 hit "Cafe Carnival" off his greatest hits disc "Panorama" you'll find no better new New Age-Smooth Jazz disc out there. My personal favorites are tracks five and six "Keepers of the Flame" and "Afterglow".
This CD is a must have for new age, jazz and Chaquico fans alike. Get it!