Chris DUARTE – Love is Greater Than Me 2000

Chris DUARTE – Love is Greater Than Me 2000

Blues

The Chris Duarte Group plays some of the toughest blues-based guitar music to be heard today, with a sound that balances vitality and rawness with Chris’s astonishing and deeply spiritual playing. Love Is Greater Than Me, their first album in three years, explores soaring post-Hendrix rock (“Baddness,” Watch Out”), blues (“All Night,” “How Long”) and the intriguing Eastern modal sound of “Metaphor,” offered in contrasting electric and acoustic versions. Chris Duarte is esteemed in guitar circles (he placed fourth in a Guitar World poll – behind B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy!) and this is the hard-rocking album his many fans have been waiting for, with 11 new original songs.
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Chris Duarte is indeed a legend in the music industry. He has been playing music for 25 years and seems poised to take that next step with the August release of Romp. His voice has never sounded sweeter and his guitar work is in top condition. It isn’t often someone can sit in a small bar and witness musician onstage actually melding with their instrument. There were points at the May 2, 2003 show at the Triple Crown in San Marcos where I wasn’t sure who was in control, the 1963 Stratocaster worn from years of playing, or Duarte – the stellar performer. I call Duarte a performer because a show by Chris Duarte is a performance. It is not just a man with a guitar on stage. It’s a wild being thrashing around making sweet love to six strings and playing loud passionate original music. Some nights he recites Shakespeare. Some nights he can go off on 20-minute guitar solos. Some nights both, but it’s always a new experience. It is difficult to categorize Duarte’s music – it is equal parts blues, rock, jazz and classical. A listener could easily place him in the “Texas Blues/Shuffle” category on the strength of Duarte’s 1994 release “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik”. Yet, in 1997, with the release of “Tailspin Headwhack”, Duarte delved deeper into the jazzy-funk rock sound. With 2001’s “Love Is Greater Than Me” he added a little classical guitar sound to the fold.
By Sean Claes.
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Chris Duarte has been many things during his career: Stevie Ray Vaughan heir apparent, psychedelic blues-rocker, light-speedy guitar god. For his third album, Duarte presents a new incarnation. It’s a lot like his previous ones, but with an added spiritual element that usually comes later in an artist’s career. So there are a few introspective pieces here–particularly “Azul Ezell” and “Metaphor (Acoustic)”–and a number of efforts at experimentation. One of these is “Metaphor (Electric),” which arrives just a few years too late for the grunge era. Another is “How Long,” with Duarte doing his best to sound like Howlin’ Wolf. Where does all this leave us? Well, it’s a good album, and there’s no doubting Duarte’s proficiency or his sincerity. It seems, though, that he’s still looking for his own voice. Once he can bring his considerable musical arsenal to bear on that, he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.
By Genevieve Williams. AMG.
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The Chris Duarte Group, a power trio with attitude, has just launched their stongest project yet with “Love > Me.” The ride is an unbelivable one, starting off with the fuzz funk of “Baddness” moving through the rollicking “Brand New Day” and into the melodic “All Night”, which you cannot sway-proof yourself against. The Led Zepplin-induced “Metaphor Song” is as heavy as they come, showing Chris’ power and versatility. “Free 4 Me” pulses, and “How Long” is one of those songs causing the uncontrolled head-bob. But for the all-out Hendrix-a-thon, scramble your brain with “Watch Out.”. This one burns so hot I wondered if it would be wise to clear the area before playing it again. This song also really shows that Chris’ rhythm section is pure nitro: John Jordan on the 7-string thunder bass and Jason Patterson on drums form a strong backbone from which Chris can launch his spine-tingling attack. For those who prefer comparisons when shopping, artists like Stevie Ray, Hendrix, and Trower jump to mind. But Chris has his OWN thing: original, powerful and intense. “Love > Me” is a must-have CD.
By Kelly Benjamin.
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Chris Duarte- (Vocals, Guitar);
John Jordan- (Keyboards, Acoustic & Electric Basses);
Jason Patterson- (Drums).
Additional personnel:
Doyle Bramhall- (Drums, Percussion);
James Fenner- (Congas, Percussion);
Erin Foster- (Riq, Tablas).
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01. Baddness 04:06
02. Brand New Day 03:09
03. All Night 04:55
04. Metaphor Song 05:14
05. Free 4 Me 03:44
06. How Long 05:19
07. Paper Dolls 05:05
08. Metaphor Acoustic 05:27
09. Azul Ezell 08:01
10. Watch Out 06:21
11. Duarte E Ezell (Opus 1 no. 3) 02:39
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