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Chris DUARTE & Bluestone Co. – Live At House Of Blues Back Porch Stage 2010

Posted in BLUES, Chris DUARTE on December 10, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Chris DUARTE & Bluestone Co. – Live At House Of Blues Back Porch Stage 2010
House Of Blues Back Porch. Chicago, IL. (March 11, 2010)

Blues

Full of hell-bent energy, lean and mean, this is about as in-your-face as Texas blues-rock gets, especially in the opening cuts. Duarte holds your attention with a variety of pockets and unexpected textural twists and turns, borrowing a rap groove here and machine-gunning. There may be nothing new under the blues sun, but there are some strong style elements here and ferocious guitar, supplanted by Duarte’s mostly reserved vocal.
By Dean Cottrill.
**
01. Silver Horse 10:47
02. In The News 9:08
03. Back In Town 8:28
04. Chattahoochee Side 12:58
05. 396 7:31
06. Satisfy 8:28
07. Mad As I Can Be 18:25
08. h2k3 7:34
09. Luck Shine On Me 13:32
10. Angelina 9:29
11. Electric Rainbow 15:06
12. Funky Mama 13:59
13. Put Up Or Shut Up 7:35
14. Still I Think Of You 7:54
15. The Best I Can Do 6:33
16. Kohima Ridge 8:01
17. Me ‘n’ You 8:54
18. Silver Spoon 8:12
19. Give It Back To Me 10:30
20. Cleo 8:34
21. Like Eric 10:43
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Chris DUARTE & Bluestone Co. – 396 2009

Posted in BLUES, Chris DUARTE on November 28, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Chris DUARTE & Bluestone Co. – 396  2009

Blues

Proving that the blues not only sees no color but also no country, Chris Duarte unites with Bluestone Company, the biggest blues band in Japan, for a collaboration called 396. Of course, duet albums have a long, storied tradition within the blues — Junior Wells played with Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter revived Muddy Waters’ career, British bands like the Yardbirds supported their hero Sonny Boy Williamson — so this doesn’t feel opportunistic, although it’s clearly a way for Duarte to consolidate his Japanese following and get Bluestone Company some exposure stateside. In that regard, 396 isn’t a particularly free-flowing jam session, but the album suggests that Bluestone Company aren’t really about loose-limbed jams anyway. They’re a tight, efficient outfit, working precision rhythms that never lose sight of the pocket, and they show a peculiar fondness for funkifying their groove, which makes them feel less like a blues band than a blues-inflected bar band. This doesn’t give Duarte a whole lot of room to roam — this is hardly a showcase for his guitar the way 2008’s Vantage Point or 2007’s Blue Velocity were and his vocals are too close-miked for comfort — but it does speak well for him as a collaborator and for Bluestone Company as a supporting band that they could find a comfortable common ground, one that’s partway between their two strengths. Granted, this common ground can sound like a weird, stiff jam from Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s co-headlining tour from 1990 — only with less complicated polyrhythms — but hardcore fans of either artist will find something to enjoy in this cross-pollination.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
**
Chris Duarte- Vocals, Guitar
Taizo Takafuji- Drums
Taro Takagi- Percussion
Toshihiro Sumitomo- Guitar
Yoshihiro Ogasahara- Bass Guitar
**
01. Back in town 4:54
02. Put up or shut up 4:34
03. Chattahoochee side 7:12
04. 396 4:16
05. Give it back to me 6:08
06. Silverspoon 4:51
07. Funky mama 6:51
08. Mad as I can be 11:01
09. Angela 5:29
10. Still I think of you 4:31
11. The ballad of Kohima Ridge 4:26
12. H2K3 4:21
**

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Chris DUARTE – Love is Greater Than Me 2000

Posted in BLUES, Chris DUARTE on November 22, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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.
**
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.
**
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.
**
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.
**
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).
**
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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