Craig assembled on his new project
prominent musicians like Rick Braun, Rayford Griffin, Gregg Karukas,
Phillipe Saisse, Luis Conte, Greg Matheison,
Dan Lutz, Nate Najar, Mark
Hollingsworth and many more.
With the orchestral introduction of Bossa Newva Craig showcases
his heritage as film composer, but his affinity for seductive melodies
is stronger, just for this time. While the jazz guitar follows the
melody line, the song is brilliant with a fine arrangement of horns
On The Back Nine Mark
Hollingworh (sax) and Rick Braun (trumpet) create a wonderful horn
layer, a fantastic backbone for Craig's excellence on jazz guitar.
Ease Up is not the usual Reggae, one can hear in a Jamaican bar.
This is more a start up of a new reverb experience.
The title song Outside In
reveals more of the complexity and the multi-layers of Craig's
arrangements. The direction is obvious. Enjoy the audience. A New
Day, a day of new life, new hope and new beginnings. Forget the
faults of the past, look forward. This is the message of Craig's
uplifting song. Coastal Rains is inspired by the Southern
Oregon coast, a nice stretch of coastline that includes North Bend
through Brookings offering parks and trails that roll high above the
ocean giving sight to breathtaking scenery.
Repo City is Craig's homage to
Tower of Power. Craig has a special relationship to the guitarist
Bruce Conte, who was a member of this group and just returned to the
group after a hiatus of 25 years. When the light is gone and the night
crawls in, it's the time for Nite Moves. Craig wrote this song
as first of this album.
Saints is a rendition of the
American gospel hymn When the Saints Go Marching In, covered by
Louis Armstrong, Bill Haley and Fats Domino. Time for a rockish smooth
jazz interpretation. Something About You was one of the best
songs by British Jazz funk band Level 42 in 1985, gaining Platinum
status in a short time. This was the soundtrack of Craig's life for
more than one year. Only natural to give this song a monument on
Inspired by the great American composer
Aaron Copeland Craig chooses his notes meaningfully in this style to
create his final orchestral approach. Mark Hollingsworth gives the
project the necessary fine tuning with his wind arrangement.