Awesome fourth studio disc by killer blues/rock axeslinger Xavier Vargas and his outstanding Vargas Blues Band, features 15 songs (79 minutes) of phenomenal, top-shelf, world-class, dynamic, powerful blues/rock riffage of the highest order. Texas Tango is a classic modern day bluesy heavy guitar masterpiece. Re-Mastered Re-issue disc with two unreleased Bonus Tracks. Xavier Vargas is an amazing gifted blues/rock axemaster and is Spain's #1 guitar hero and answer to S.R.V. (that is meant as no disrespect to the late, great man). Believe it or not, he is legitimately that good. Xavier's playing is rite up there with the best of them. When you hear the Texas Tango disc you'll wonder why you've never heard of him until now…
'Comes Alive With Friends' of the Vargas Blues Band is recorded live at Sala Breogain, Vigo, Spain in December 2008, accompanied by guests as: Devon Allman, Raimundo Amador, Jorge Salan and Claudio Gabis. The first two old collaborators of previous work.The technical part was in charge of Henry Sarmiento, technician, producer of San Francisco and his usual band Tim Mitchell voice, Luis Mayo vocals, bass, Peter Kunst drums and vocals reinforced by Alvaro Tarquinio Chevere percussion.
CD album released by the 'Vargas Blues Band', founded and led by blues and rock Spanish guitarist Javier Vargas (Madrid, 1958). Vargas made the first completely instrumental album of the band and provides a clear renewal of their creations, fusing the sound of the guitar, with all its variations and shades of blues, rock, flamenco and Latin styles touch-with the sound of synthesizers, drum rhythm and special sound effects. Very remarkable one of his greatest creations, 'Blues Latino', issue the same Carlos Santana has recorded and incorporated into their repertoire. Leading this band a major figure of current blues Spanish guitars, spoken of as the relay of the great Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana.
In November 1999, Vargas Blues Band travelled to the U.S to record their first live album in “Buddy Guy´s Legends” in Chicago, with guest performances by Larry McCray, harmonica musician Sugar Blue and flamenco ‘cantaora’ Elena Andújar. The concert was recorded by a mobile unit under Ian Taylor’s supervision. Javier also played onstage in the ‘Legends’ invited by Texan guitarist Chris Duarte. In December that year the recording was completed in Kirios Studios, in Madrid, with outstanding guest performances by Elena Andújar, David Montes, flamenco guitarist Juan Gómez “Chicuelo”, percussion by Gino Pavone, Argentine bandonion player Jorge Lema, and the ‘cantaor’“Marchena”, David “Lads” Sánchez at the keyboards, Jota Marsán on drums, Fran Montero on bass and Ian Taylor again in charge of the recording.
Javier Vargas is a Spanish blues guitarist. Born in Madrid to Argentine parents who had emigrated to Spain from Buenos Aires, he founded the Vargas Blues Band in 1991, the year they released their first recording, All Around Blues. Since 1992, he has recorded on the Dro-Atlantic (Warner Music Group, Spain) label. He leads the project Vargas, Bogert & Appice + Shortino, with bassist Tim Bogert, Carmine Appice on drums, and singer Paul Shortino. He has collaborated with musicians like Paco de Lucía, Buddy Guy, Frank Marino, Carlos Santana, Pat Travers, Glenn Hughes, Prince, Devon Allman and countless more. He regularly tours Europe and Spain with his band and appeared at the 30th Anniversary Montreux Jazz Festival.
Recording live at Czech Republic, Germany and Ibiza. Produced by Javier Vargas.
The first guitar Vargas had, present from his father, it was a Spanish guitar with naylon strings. When he got his first electrical guitar Javier had only 12 years. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cream, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix etc. became famous and influenced by all this new and amazing music, Vargas decided to play guitar professionally. He was also inspired by the American Blues of B.B.King, Albert King, Freddy King, Albert Collins…
I've heard about Javier Vargas for a few years now, and my first real introduction to him was a live CD that I was able to obtain a couple months back. Since then I've been able to locate several other CD's that's he's recorded over the last few years. "Gipsy Boogie" is a different CD from the previous one's that I've obtained. While most of the others were solidly into Texas style blues overall, this CD strays in style to a more latin flavored blues. Think Texas blues mixed with Carlos Santana style latin sounds along with a strong dose of Spanish classical and flamenco music. This CD over the others that I've obtained shows Javier Vargas at his most diverse musical styles.
The new album, which has been recorded in Madrid and Las Vegas, is expected to be released in March 2016. It includes 14 new songs which fuse Latin rhythms, blues and rock with the unmistakable guitar sound of Javier Vargas and feature exceptional vocal contributions by Paul Shortino, Gaz Pearson, Devon Allman and Tim Mitchell. Indispensable performances by Luis Mayo on bass/vocals and Peter Kunst on drums/vocals give superb shape to this album.