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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blues Bureau Int'L
  • ASIN: B001CISIIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Best I Can Do
2. Satisfy
3. Slapstak
4. More Boogie
5. Troubles On Me
6. Lets Have A Party
7. The End Of Me And You
8. Blow Your Mind
9. She Dont Live Here Anymore
10. Babylon
11. Woodpecker
12. Blow Your Mind (Extended Version )
13. Troubles On Me (Extended Version)

Editorial Reviews

Chris Duarte s new CD Vantage Point is poised
to surpass the expectations of his loyal fan base as it features his best work in the context of high energy blues rock contains moments that bring to mind legendary artists as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Jimi Hendrix and Eric Johnson.

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I am now a real fan!
Andrea Ritchie
This album reflects just that...the first half largely showcases his straight blues playing with in-your-face SRV licks coming at you with passion and great tone.
Baberufus
Buy 2 of these CDs and give one to a friend.
Ken Hill

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Scott Davis on October 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
To call Chris Duarte one of the best guitar players walking the planet would not be an exaggeration. That would, however, be selling him short. Chris has been making fine quality albums for a number of years now. Always with solid song writing, good production, and fine backing from some tremendous musicians. All of these things are in play with Vantage Point. What has become more obvious is the increased range and power of Duarte's voice. Whether growling a smokey blues or wailing a rock tune about some female who done wrong, his versatility continues to amaze and impress. Instrumental prowess is there to be sure, but what Chris is able to accomplish with his voice is nothing short of amazing. With each new album he experiments more boldly and more successfully with different colors and textures for his music. Just another Texas blues player? Not so fast. One of my favorite songs on the album is Babylon - a really punchy little tune with echoes of Little Feat, Allman Brothers, and The Black Crowes. Another highlight is Woodpecker - a Jeff Beck style instrumental incursion. In a world dominated by pre-programmed, looping hip hop, vocal corrected nonsense, real music created by real musicians is crucial. And Vantage Point is just that...crucial.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ken Hill on October 17, 2008
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Great CD! Mr. Duarte shines with the backing of Joseph Patrick Moore and Jeff Reilly on drums. This is one of the best bands I have seen Chris play with, and it is captured in the studio on this disc. It is a playful cd in the lines of Texas Sugar, with the added edge and polish acquired with time.

Buy 2 of these CDs and give one to a friend. If you don't have a friend, give it to a stranger, and make a friend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sereno Productions on October 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This CD rocks, rolls and satisfies. It has radio friendly rock that will make you want to shimmy til you shake something loose, it has funky jazz instrumentals that will make you bob your head, it has extended guitar solos that you can get lost in and it flat out boogies! Somehow Chris (with top-notch producer Mike Varney) does this all and maintains coherence throughout the CD. Chris' vocals shine, his guitar playing is breath taking. Jeff Reilly on drums more than keeps up, he propels the songs! And hats off to bass player extraordinaire, Joseph Patrick Moore, he rightfully takes the first recorded bass solo on a CDG album.
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Chris Duarte is the original SRV disciple on record. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is probably more popular, but Chris's debut album came out a year before Kenny's, so....sorry, Kenny! :) Anyway, Chris has been putting out albums since then, seemingly straddling the line between honoring his SRV-inspired technique and creating a style of his own. This album reflects just that...the first half largely showcases his straight blues playing with in-your-face SRV licks coming at you with passion and great tone. The latter part strays into other territories, with a Hendrix-inspired tune ("She Don't Live Here Anymore"), and a couple of rock and jazz-tinged tunes, quite un-SRV like for some variety. Then an extra long version of "Troubles On Me", which is a straight-ahead reworking of SRV's "Texas Flood," nearly a note-for-note imitation of classic SRV licks. Some might not like that, and some get bent out of shape (for some reason) when Chris is compared to SRV. Well, hello, one listen to Texas Flood, followed by Troubles On Me, and anybody will know why. Besides, what's wrong with being compared to SRV, anyway. As far as I'm concerned, that's just about the ultimate compliment a guitar player can receive! True, if a player is trying to forge his own identity, then it can be a deterrent, but it's obvious here that Chris, while indeed exploring other styles, is not dead-set on ridding himself of his SRV-playing tendencies. The extended version of Troubles No More features a VERY long guitar solo, SRV all the way. Some might find it boring--me, I eat it up like cookies! I think it's pretty safe to speculate that the extra long version was done in one take with no overdubs...and it probably was! The precision, fluidity and endless stream of licks during that super long solo is jaw-dropping!!Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stranger on November 7, 2008
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If great guitar-playing is what you enjoy ... what are you waiting for ?
Duarte sets a new standard for guitar solos on this one. Stop reading this and go get it.
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By dickydo on November 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Duarte has taken the gauntlet Stevie Ray Vaughn threw down to impressive heights. However, the five star reviews are a little generous. His riffs and phrasing are most impressive, but his weakness is still as a lyricist. The cut "Let's have a Party" is really beneath his talents. Still, this is probably his most diverse set. "Woodpecker" is an excellent instrumental that does harken back to Jeff Beck. "Satisfy" is another excellent track. He's often been called a SRV clone. That's not a totally fair assessment. He's a killer modern blues rock guitarist who's overall songwriting still needs some lyrical improvement.
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