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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Shrapnel Records Artist: Chris Duarte Group - My Soul Alone - New Release Review

I just received, My Soul Alone, the new Chris Duarte Group release and it's interestingly different. I've been Listening to Duarte for quite some time and one thing that is consistent is quality music that is predictably unpredictable. The CD opens with Show Me That You Want It, a loping Texas style blues with smokin hot guitar riffs... what i typically associate with Duarte. Duarte's music has similarities to SRV but you know, SRV had style similarities to others so it is unfair to make a comparison. This sounds like Duarte... nice and hot! Yes, It's You takes has more of a pop flavor on a Texas contemporary country rock track. Definitely radio time. Take Me Now starts a stronger veer toward jazz/rock with a very light touch on guitar and a Latin rhythm. Duarte shows a strong command of his craft and versatility in guitar style sounding more like Steely Dan. A Dollar Down And Feeling Low is a deep electric blues and one which is destined to be one of the big callers on this release. There is a real attraction by blues guitar enthusiasts for tracks like this and Duarte blends his voice nicely on this track with very heartfelt guitar soloing. Step back and let the man scream! Very cool! On I Bucked It Up, another loping Texas style blues track, Duarte picks the listeners up from the bottom and feeds them Joe Walsh like vocals over hot, stinging guitar riffs. Yes...this is what you expect! Outta My Way is a Jimi Hendrix styled rocker with layered guitar work. You like Hendrix style... this is right up your alley. Leave My Soul Alone, is a modern yet primitive style blues track. Steve Evans (bass) and Aaron Haggerty (drums) give Duarte a lot of room on their solid steady rhythm to create a smokey blues rock track with a lot of free flowing guitar riffs. Yes, it is a really cool track! Lazy Afternoon, the second of two slower blues tracks is set over some lush guitar chords. The track is staged such that Duarte plays some uncharacteristic jazzy blues riffs which really differentiate his work from many of his contemporaries. Yes, this is a very strong track. Can't Shut Me Out is a guitar rock extravaganza with hard driving bass and drums. Duarte takes another opportunity to stretch the envelope with speed and distortion. Carelessness is a really cool track featuring Mads Tolling on violin. This is a really strong track sounding like it could have been an excerpt from a Mahavishnu John McLaughlin or Jerry Goodman release. I really like J/R fusion when it's done well...and well it is. Kudos to Haggarty and Evans (and of course to the featured Duarte and Tolling) for the intensity it takes to keep this groove going. Great finish!

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  1. Chis has always done things his way and this is no surprise. He is one of the most underrated players out there. Thanks for posting.

  2. The very first time I heard Chris Duarte play, his intense with the "cool factor" talent was cemented into my brain. This guy knows music and all that respectfully love music should knows Christ Duarte. Every new release delivers, My Soul Alone is no exception. My Sould Alone is great for any listener, but the rich variations of Duarte's music just make it a sin not to hear every single damm thing he ever recorded.

  3. Anyone who has not converted to Duarte-ism is missing out. This man knows music and anyone who loves music should know the man. Everything put out by Chris Duarte is intensely rich and My Soul Alone shows the listener once again how serious he is about sharing his gift. The unique and skillful techniques shown by Chris make me tire of the comparisons I hear about him. You rarely will ever hear a more versatile player than Chris Duarte. Hopefully the bright lights of the music world will beam more brightly on this dude. I too thank you for the post.