Craig Chaquico

Holiday

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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

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