Saturday, May 9, 2015

YOUNG BLUES BLOOD ENCOURAGED BY GREATS ON NEW CD

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Last month at the CBBlues CrossRoads event Paul Tidiman (music director), our local favourite blues harp player, asked us to listen to a CD that he had brought from Valencia.

- Review by Phil Arcman for CBBlues.com

The recording features 18 year old Italian/Spanish blues sensation Javier Hernández who plays guitar like a young Buddy Guy.

Sit up and take notice. This kid has the chops.

No, it’s not quite the mature Buddy Guy guitar and the voice does not yet have the husky adult blues character, but it is happening sound.

These are early days. In five years this kid could easily become Spain’s greatest blues guitar player.

Javier Hernández with Buddy Paul Tidiman
and American blues legend - Paul Orta

The CD has eight tracks showcasing several blues styles and features several Valencian talents, including stars Danny Boy Sanchez, Spain’s premier blues harpman and Naira Rodrigo who has a fabulous voice in operatic, broadway and Blues styles.

The fact that these great artists are contributing to the CD is a clue to this kid’s musical skill. These people think he is worthy and so will you.

The choice of songs provides some insights about life in the USA in the formative years of blues. These are stories about the challenges for the black man in 20’s and 30’s USA. Hardships such as migration to find work, getting high on canned heat (camping fuel) as a substitute for alcohol, and social rejection are featured.

This is nascent talent that requires encouragement and support. Go to a live show or pick up the CD. Then you can say you knew him "when".

Check out Javier’s intoxicating intro riff at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HOwnSh8O_U

Also the second cut featuring a rip-rolling harp and guitar tango at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F1l02QpDWc

Published on Jan 1, 2015
Blues album by Javier Hernández and CO.

Musicians:

-Javier Palanca - Drums & recording
-Carles Rodrigo - Bass
-Daniel Tena - Vocals & harp
-Naira Rodrigo - Vocals
-Salvador Poquet - Guitar
-Paul Tidiman - Vocals & harp
-Danny Boy Sanchez- Vocals & harp
-Miguel Hernández - Percussion
-Javier Hernández - Guitars, song writing & producer.

FOR A CD OF YOUR OWN - Contact Javier @ his FACEBOOK PAGE