VARGAS BLUES BAND

VARGAS BLUES BAND

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"VARGAS is like a rainbow, he contains all the colours, he feels the same passion as I do when it comes to embracing the music of the world... " Carlos Santana

Biography

All Around Blues is the first album of the Vargas Blues Band, edited in 1991. The second LP, Madrid-Memphis, was edited in 1992 and includes collaborations of blues men such as Carey Bell and Louisiana Red, the flamenco guitar player Rafael Riqueni, and the singers Philip Guttman and Jeff Espinoza.These two albums enjoyed continued enthusiastic support in the Spanish musical scene reaching the highest sales figure of any blues album. The third album, Blues Latino, was released in Spain in 1994. The extra instrumental support came courtesy of international artists: Chris Rea, Junior Wells, Flaco Jiménez and Andrés Calamaro. The album “Santana Brothers” was released worldwide, including the song “Blues Latino” by Javier Vargas. Carlos Santana played this song in Woodstock 1994. In October this year, the Band appeared for the first time in Buenos Aires (Argentina) having great success.

Their fourth album Texas Tango, was produced in Austin and Memphis (USA) by Jim Gaines. This album was released in various countries at the end of 1995, and includes collaborations with Double Trouble, (Steve Ray Vaughan Band) Larry T. Thurston and Preston Shannon, among others. In July of this year, Carlos Santana invited him to play two songs together in the concert held at the Zenith, in Paris. The passion and feeling of the guitar duo got the capacity crowd on their feet. In 1998, Santana invited again Vargas to play in his concerts in Madrid and Paris (Bercy).

This experience was repeated in Spain, where Vargas played as a guest of Carlos Santana in his opening tour of “Supernatural” in 2000 . In 1997 his fifth album Gypsy Boogie was released. The album was recorded in Madrid and Memphis, mixed in Florida and mastered in New York. Flamenco artists such as Raimundo Amador, Carles Benavent, La Chonchi and Blues-soul-rock artists such as Chester Thomson, Loonie Brooks, Larry McCray, Little Jimmy King, David Allen and Larry Graham collaborated in the recording. Jim Gaines produced the album. Larry Graham introduced Javier to Prince, who invited him to play in a jam session at his concert during the tour “Jam of the Year” in Spain in December 1998.

The sixth album, Feedback/ Bluestrology (1998) was recorded at Hook End studios in Checkendom (England), and co-produced by Ian Taylor (Gary Moore, Cheaptrick producer etc). This album includes the old collaborators from Memphis: Steve Potts, Dave Smith and Ernest Willimanson and the former singers of the Band, Bobby Alexander and David Montes. Bluestrology was re-released as a solo album in January 2000. Vargas Blues Band’s first USA live appearance took place in November 1999. There were two nights to remember at Buddy Guy’s Legends Club in Chicago. The special guest artists were Larry McCray, Sugar Blue and flamenco singer Elena Andújar. A mobile unit under Ian Taylor´s supervision recorded the sessions. Javier Vargas was invited by the guitar hero from Texas, Chris Duarte to join in his concert, also at Legends. This Live album was completed in Madrid last December 99. The concert was filmed and recorded in a studio in the presence of a limited guest audience. Madrid-Chicago Live was released in May 2000. Chill Latin Blues, Vargas Blues band first solely instrumental album, was released in 2003. In this album the protagonists are Javier Vargas‚ guitar and the fusion of his musical influences: Drum & Bass, Acid Jazz,African & Latin Rythms, Hip-Hop...

During a visit to Madrid, Carlos Santana made the following comments on Javier´s unique capacity to blend different styles: "VARGAS is like a rainbow, he contains all the colours, he feels the same passion as I do when it comes to embracing the music of the world... He has a positive, fruitful and brilliant future ahead. There are very few musicians who can reach out to everybody..." The album includes five songs already recorded in other albums together with nine brand new songs.

In September 2004, Javier Vargas flew back to Memphis with a new project ready to be recorded. The chosen studio was Ardent, sound engineer John Hampton, and the “A-Team” of Tennessee musicians: Steve Potts on drums, David Smith playing bass, Earnest Williamson on keyboards, and the SRV´s Double Trouble´s Reese Wynans performing on keyboards and piano as the master he is. Overdubs were recorded in Madrid, Los Angeles, Memphis and Isla de La Palma (Canary Islands): trips made to include many great musicians. Listeners will enjoy hearing Alex Ligertwood (vocalist of Santana for almost 14 years) performing two songs in “Love Union Peace”; Jack Bruce singing and playing bass in “Pretty Blue” ; Glenn Hughes' awesome performance of a delicious “Sad Eyes” ; Devon Allman (Greg´s son and genuine heir of the soul of his father's voice) sharing his huge talent in three songs; Elliott Murphy´s strenght in “Deep Blue”, and many big Spanish artists.

Love, Union, Peace was release last March 2005. The album is all feeling, and includes 10 new songs, a

Lyrics

Beautiful Woman

Written By: Javier Vargas, Rebeca Orejudo Prieto, Mauri Sanchis

Beautiful woman walking by my sight
Under her long hair, silky black and bright
A timid tear slipped and broke to shine
Flowing sadness from the deepest dark blue eyes
Beautiful woman dropped rain in my mind
Beautiful woman drew clouds in my heart
Beautiful woman shiver in my hands
Beautiful woman dropped rain in my hands
Beautiful woman drew clouds in my mind
Beautiful woman shiver in my heart
Promises of love torn down by the time
Bitter words and fights day and night
Twilight covering her fragile smile
Princess of sadness, needing a new life
Cuando la luna vuelva a brillar
Y el recuerdo arroje el llanto
A la oscuridad
Bajo tu ventana , yo,
Yo te estaré cantando
Que te estoy amando
Que te voy a amar
Beautiful woman dropped rain in my mind
Beautiful woman drew clouds in my heart
Beautiful woman shiver in my hands
Beautiful woman dropped rain in my hands
Beautiful woman drew clouds in my mind
Beautiful woman shiver in my heart
Cuando la luna vuelva a brillar
Y el recuerdo arroje el llanto
A la oscuridad
Bajo tu ventana, yo,
Yo te estaré cantando
Que te estoy amando
Que te voy a amar

Discography

All around the blues, 91
Madrid-Memphis, 92
Blues Latino, 94
Texa Tango, 95
Gipsy Boogie, 97
Feedback, 98
Bluestrology, 00
Madrid- Chicago live, 99
The best of Vargas Blues Band
Espiritu Celeste, tributo al rock argentino
Chill Latin Blues
Spanish fly DVD
El Alma
Love, union and peace 2006
Lost and found 2007
Flamenco Blues Experience 2008