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Follow the Sun [Digipak] *
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Album: Follow the Sun [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Lua Da Mae More Info...
2)    Azores Lisboa More Info...
3)    Fantasy in Paradise More Info...
4)    Circus Beach More Info...
5)    Barefoot in the Sand More Info...
6)    Lights out San Francisco More Info...
7)    Songbird More Info...
8)    The Coast of Orion More Info...
9)    Island Breeze More Info...
10)    Solar Wind More Info...
 

Album: Follow the Sun [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Lua Da Mae More Info...
2)    Azores Lisboa More Info...
3)    Fantasy in Paradise More Info...
4)    Circus Beach More Info...
5)    Barefoot in the Sand More Info...
6)    Lights out San Francisco More Info...
7)    Songbird More Info...
8)    The Coast of Orion More Info...
9)    Island Breeze More Info...
10)    Solar Wind More Info...
 
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  • Personnel: Rolf Hartley (vocals, guitar); Gentle Thunder (hammer dulcimer, Native American flute); Bill Slais (saxophone, keyboards); Jim Reitzel (bass instrument); Wade Olson, Carlos Vega (drums); Lenny Castro, Marquinho Brasil (percussion).
  • Audio Mixers: Craig Chaquico; Ozzie Ahlers; William Aura.
  • Photographer: Bobby Quillard.
  • When the famed rock guitarist emerged from his years with Jefferson Starship (later Starship) and became a solo artist in the mid-'90s, his popular adult contemporary instrumental sound was anchored in a distinctive vibe he defined with the title of his debut solo album, Acoustic Highway. He was coasting along that road for years before deciding to pick up his blazing electric axe again for his Latin-flavored 2000 hit "Caf Carnival." The track's success no doubt inspired him to start mixing acoustic and electric on subsequent projects, and Follow the Sun -- his first non-holiday disc in five years -- blends the best of both sounds. It kicks off with the blazing Latin and blues fired, Santana-like "Luz Da Mae," which in Portuguese (Chaquico's heritage) means "Mother Moon." The next track, "Azores Lisboa," which refers to the Azores Islands and Lisbon, has a similar electric and brassy Latin party vibe which will make the listener wonder if there's a theme taking shape. Turns out, the disc is dedicated to the memories of Chaquico's beloved parents, whose families hailed from Lisbon. There's also a nice tie-in to the past as he uses the first guitar his parents ever gave him on the ambient meditation (featuring acoustic and electric) "The Coast of Orion" and the happy and jangling "Island Breeze." The set can be enjoyed thoroughly even without knowing that emotional element, as it mixes the guitarist's bright and eternally optimistic melodies with playing that is seductive when it needs to be (the soulful, tropical "Fantasy in Paradise") and edgy and crackling soon enough (the robust, urban flowing "Barefoot in the Sand"). Adding a blues-rock flair to everything Chaquico does is his longtime right-hand man, keyboard great Ozzie Ahlers. While all of the originals are compelling, Chaquico makes a few quirky, history-filled cover choices which may puzzle fans a bit. Kenny G's "Songbird" set the standard for the smooth jazz era but is more generic than the unique sound the guitarist centered his own career on. And the original instrumental version of "Lights Out San Francisco" (from 1997's Once in a Blue Universe) is stronger than this pleasant vocal version with singer Rolf Hartley. ~ Jonathan Widran
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (p.71) - "The best tunes, without question, are the first two, 'Lua Da Mae' and 'Azores Lisboa,' where Chaquico's Santana-meets-the-tropics vibe is enhanced by blistering electric guitar licks..."
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