From The Redwoods To The Rockies
The pairing of Craig Chaquico and Russ Freeman, two of the most dynamic and innovative best selling guitarists in Smooth Jazz, is much more than simply a marketing director's dream. "From The Redwoods To The Rockies", whose title is a tribute to the natural and spiritual connections between their respective home regions, not only reflects the uncanny chemistry the musicians discovered working together, but also the creative freedom both had outside their usual recording commitments. Although never straying too far beyond the wondrous melodic simplicity and rhythmic energy which characterize Grammy-nominated Chaquico's solo albums on Higher Octave and Freeman's ten albums as leader of the Rippingtons, "From The Redwoods To The Rockies" gave each a chance to expand their palettes, feed off the other's unique musical outlooks and draw from that inspiration to create a truly remarkable dual recording.
|Riders Of The Ancient Winds
|The Maiden And The Warrior
|From The Redwoods To The Rockies
|Samba Del Luna
|Change Of Seasons
|From The Redwoods To The Rockies (Repr.)
|Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Production, Arrangements, Engineering, Mixing
|Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Production, Arrangements, Executive Production, Engineering, Mixing
|Steinway Grand Piano on "From The Redwoods To The Rockies" and "Samba Del Luna"
|Soprano Saxophone on "The Maiden And The Warrior" and "Change Of Seasons"
|Additional Keyboards and Percussion on "Seattle Child", "Change Of Seasons" and The Maiden And The Warrior", Engineering
|Additional Keyboards on "Sweetwater" and "Riders Of The Ancient Winds"
|Associate Executive Production
|Art Direction, Photography
|Front Cover Illustration
|Recorded and mixed at Cheyanne Mountain Ranch Studios, Colorado from April 13 to June 2, 1998.
Additional recording at Luna Tunes, Mill Valley, CA, 29th Studios, Torrence, CA, and Ozworld, Novato, CA.