DEL SUR (Release: 06/2020)
Vargas Blues Band, “King of Latin Blues” (Warner Music Spain)- Spanish bluesman Javier Vargas is a close friend and musical sparring partner of the great Carlos Santana, and the similarities between the two guitarists’ approach to music-making are reflected in every note and subtle nuance of this skilfully crafted set. Vargas’ playing is at its most fluid and eloquent on the free flowing instrumental pieces which permeate much of “King of Latin Blues”, and his musical flights of fancy are ably supported here by top notch guests such as Devon Allman and late great Chicago harmonica ace Junior Wells.
(November 9, 2018 Rock. Net , Kevin Bryan)
King of Latin Blues, Javier Vargas absolutely deserves this title. A delightfully considerate and beautiful album, King Of Latin Blues delivers exactly what he promised.
(December 21 2018 Liverpool Sound and Vision, Ian D. Hall)
Music-Style: Blues - Psychodelic Blues - Latino Rock
"Vargas is like a rainbow with all its different colors. He feels the passion I have when it comes to embracing the music of the
world, not just Spanish music or the blues. "
(Quote Carlos Santana)
Carlos Santana loves to jam with his close buddy Javier Vargas - and he has also recorded Javier's songs. Prince is among the many stars who have invited Javier to perform with them on stage; and who have admired his skills, and with whom he has collaborated in the studio.
Javier Vargas, Spain's biggest blues star, has received eight platinum records for the sale of his records during his long career and has released 27 albums since 1991.
His latest album, "King Of Latin Blues," will be released in the U.K. on Oct. 27 and features an all-star lineup of talent, including the late Chicago blues harmonica legend Junior Wells, Devon
Allman, Steve Hunter and Reese Wynans. He delivers 15 stunning tracks on the new album - from thoroughly bluesy blasters to sweet, relaxed and soulful slow blues ballads.
Javier Vargas was born in Madrid in 1958, shortly after his parents left Buenos Aires, where they had emigrated a few years earlier. Nine years later the family returned to Argentina, and there Javier began playing the guitar.
In the '70s, he lived in Nashville and L.A., playing in clubs and working on recording sessions. He played with and impressed people like Alvin Lee, Roy Buchanan and Canned Heat, who also influenced his style. In the '80s he returned to Spain, working with a large band and orchestra, taking session work, composing and collaborating on several albums.
In 1990 he put together his own outfit, the Vargas Blues Band, and many of his albums feature important guests. His second record in 92 featured U.S. blues legends Carey Bell and Louisiana Red.
Two years later, Flaco Jiménez, Chris Rea and Junior Wells joined him.
Javier's popular song "Blues Latino" was recorded by Carlos Santana and released worldwide in 1994 on his album "Santana Brothers". In May 1995, "Texas Tango" was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis and in Austin, Texas, produced by Jim Gaines with the participation of Stevie Ray Vaughan's band Double Trouble, Larry T. Thurston (Blues Brothers) and Preston Shannon.
In 1996, the Vargas Blues Band performed at the 30th anniversary of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In July of the same year, Javier was invited by Carlos Santana to play two songs together at Le Zénith in Paris. Then again in 1998, when Santana played in Madrid (Conde Duque), in Paris (Bercy) and during Santana's "Supernatural Tour" in Spain.
The 1997 album "Gipsy Boogie" featured guest appearances by Chester Thomson, Lonnie Brooks, Larry McCray, Little Jimmy King and Larry Graham, among others; the record was released in 24
In December 1998, legendary bassist Larry Graham - then musical director of The New Power Generation - introduced Javier Vargas to Prince, who invited Javier to join him on stage to play some songs at his concert in Madrid. In November 1999, the Vargas Blues Band recorded their first live album, at Buddy Guy's "Legends" in Chicago. Guests included Larry McCray and harmonica legend Sugar Blue. In 2004, Vargas recorded "Love, Union, Peace" in Memphis, with guest appearances by Glenn Hughes, Jack Bruce, Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Devon Allman and others.
In March 2011, Javier started a new project: "VBA" - Vargas, Bogert and Appice - and traveled to Las Vegas to record with the legendary Carmine Appice (drums), Tim Bogert (bass) - both formerly of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Jeff Beck, King Cobra - and with Paul Shortino (vocals), former member of Rough Cutt and Quiet Riot.
(Press Release, GFI-PROMOTIONS)
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