Releases Dynamite Chicago Blues CD/DVD
Fans of guitar heavy blues - look no further. Guitarist Javier Vargas and his band have released a super high energy live CD/DVD set entitled Last Night. The ninth recording for the Spanish-born musician, you'll hear Vargas lathering his original compositions with heavy lead work, aggressive riffs, frenetic blues-box speed lines, and solos that cook up hotter than chef Bobby Flay's grilled kabobs. This band is almost completely unknown in North America, which, after listening to a couple of cuts off Last Night will be very hard to believe. Vocal work on the CD is provided by Bobby Alexander, and satisfies in the same way a good SRV performance does - gritty and emotionally charged. The CD offers 12 scorching live numbers, while the DVD features a different set of 13 live performances, both recorded at Buddy Guy's Legends. Think of Last Night as an introduction to, and a pathway into, the deep catalog of Vargas material - loads o' blues-based entertainment. The Vargas Blues Band were originally profiled in the February-March, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.
Javier was born in Madrid, Spain and later moved to Argentina, where he began taking guitar lessons. Inspired by rock groups such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, as well as bluesmen such as Freddie King and Albert Collins, he dedicated himself to becoming a professional guitarist. Javier moved to the United States and played clubs and sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles. He returned to Spain, and in 1991, the Vargas Blues Band was formed - "All Around Blues" was the first album released by the group. Several more albums were to follow, and Vargas' song "Blues Latino" was even included on the Santana Brothers album in 1993. Throughout the '90s, the Vargas Blues Band continued to record, and in 1999, the group's first live appearance in the US was at Buddy Guy's Legends.
The huge diversity of their musical influences (rock, soul, flamenco, Latin, etc.) and the power of their tunes fulfill all the requirements to charm all kinds of audiences.
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Bass-Oriented, Rhythmically Heavy Fusion
Taking a break from the six-string, we're presented with - a six-string! Bass, that is. The southern Italian brothers Domenico Citriniti (bass) and Danilo Citriniti(drums), known as Hydra, submitted their all-original, twelve track instrumental fusion CD-R, entitled Odd World. Talk about a CD-R that needs to get to the pressing plant so the world can enjoy it - this recording features some excellent bass and drums dominated fusion. An added bonus is that they've recruited a number of guitarists, such as Salvatore Ciambrini (guitar on "The Spider" and three others) and Luciano Aloise (guitar on "Insert Miles") to contribute blistered solos to a number of tracks. Domenico has mastered the art of writing compositions around his massive abilities on the six-string bass - it's just as engaging as you'd hope any fusion record might be. Danilo really lays down a great groove for his brother as well; overall, the musicianship is top-notch throughout. The entire project was laid down in their home studio. Impressive! Hydra were originally profiled in the February-March, 2003 edition of The Undiscovered.
Domenico and Danilo were born and raised in southern Italy (Catanzaro). Their father, also a musician, passed along his passion for music onto his sons, and by 1989, the brothers had formed their first metal band. They both later moved in different directions with new musical styles, joining several local and national bands. Before forming Hydra, the duo recorded three demo projects: "Demo Bass" by Domenico, and "WateReign" and "Over Drums" by Danilo. In 2002, they finally decided to produce a project together, which was the birth of Hydra. The idea was to represent all the ideas and experiences they had gathered over the years. The Citriniti's site musical influences such as Chick Corea, Allan Holdsworh, Jaco Pastorius, Virgil Donati, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl and Michael Manring, among others.
The Citriniti's final goal is to have as many people around the world listening to their music as possible.
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