Blue Chip (album)

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Blue Chip
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1989
RecordedAugust–November 1989 at:
Hansa Haus Studios, Bonn, Germany
GenreSmooth Jazz
LabelMCA 6291
GRP 9837 (1996 re-release)
ProducerJohn Parsons
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Blue Chip is the third album by Acoustic Alchemy, released under the MCA Master Series label in 1989, and again under GRP in 1996.

The album presented an experiment with pop music in the band's signature style, using strong, memorable melody lines.

The most successful track here is "Catalina Kiss", the album opener and a longstanding live favourite. Using a shuffle rhythm, the track calls upon the saxophone for embellishments, whilst tonal harmonies between the two guitars evoke a strong melody. JazzTrax presenter Art Good suggested that the track was inspired by an appearance by the band at the 1988 Catalina Island Jazz Festival.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writers Duration
1 "Catalina Kiss" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 4:33
2 "The Blue Chip Bop" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 3:41
3 "Making Waves" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 4:51
4 "With You In Mind" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 3:58
5 "Bright Tiger" Webb/Carmichael 4:47
6 "Ariane" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 4:53
7 "Highland" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 4:42
8 "Boulder Coaster" Webb/Carmichael/Parsons 5:26
9 "Hearts In Chains" Webb/Carmichael 3:29
10 "No More Nachos (Por Favor)" Webb/Carmichael 3:34


  • Mario Argandoña [es] – Percussion
  • Rainer Bruninghaus – Piano, Keyboards
  • Greg Carmichael – Guitar
  • Klaus Genuit – Percussion, Engineer
  • John Parsons – Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Producer
  • Bert Smaak – Percussion, Drums, Programming
  • Klaus Sperber – Bass
  • Nick Webb – Guitar
  • Karl Heinz Wiberny – Saxophone, Woodwind