Sunday, August 11, 2013

Great Guitars: Craig Chaquico

As long as we're covering Jefferson Airplane/Starship guitar players, how about some love for the Starship's Craig Chaquico? Yeah, I know he's associated with Starship's decline into '80's MOR cheese, but some of his tunes - especially "Jane" and "Find Your Way Back" - hold up well. And, have you listened to Dragon Fly or Red Octopus lately? Those are incredible albums! Chaquico's playing on those records is masterful especially when he's trading solos with Papa John Creech. Chaquico is not a "genius." Instead, he's an immensely talented virtuoso who could probably join any band, whether ska or jazz or rock or country or whatever, and immediately raise its profile.

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