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Bobby Manriquez

Bobby Manriquez - Another Shade of Blue(s) - 2001 - b-side-blues

On Another Shade of Blue(s) Bobby Manriquez takes the listener on a magical musical journey into sounds that are sometimes familiar and at other times are very new exciting explorations of the art.Manriquez provides the vocals and plays most of the instruments on this album himself, and pulling it all together with the quality that this album shows is simply unimaginable, but one spin on the deck will make anyone a believer .On the first track of the album, "The Boogie Man's Comin'," the blast that strikes the listener is the use of blues master's riffs being played with a forceful confidence. "Family Traditions" features a very funky drum beat with some nice accents from the twangy lead electric guitar. The use of effects on the vocal track lends "Family Traditions" a hip-hop groove seldom found linked to the blues genre"Evocation" is a very short piece of work that seems to be calling out to the Guitar God...whoever that could be, perhaps Hendrix, Vaughan or it just may be a display of Bobby Manriquez' talent. "Smokehouse (live)" is where Bobby Manriquez opens his magical bag of lead guitar riffs and gives the listener a small taste of what a "live" show would consist of. Leaning slightly toward the Jimi Hendrixschool of psychedelic guitar works, "B2K" uses accents from electric blues licks as the magnetic formula that makes the whole song structure work so well. Bobby Manriquez is an amazing musician that has given all the people that search CD bins in hope of finding some original and vibrant guitar rooted music, proof that some great music is still being made. All should be thankful that this guitarist has graced us with a gem to add to the collection of blues guitar albums that never sit on the shelf long enough to gather dust. Larry Belanger © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/another-shade-of-blues-mw0000304663

Bobby Bobby Manriquez stated in an interview that “I have totally castrated myself from "modern music." I never listen to radio. Just as I know not what the notes I'm playing are, I've had this thing about not wanting to be influenced by anything other than what inspired me to play and enjoy music so much growing up. I always liked the good singers (Aretha, Kenny Loggins, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed) and always went for the very few guitarists who had somewhat mastered what I believe to be the absolute most difficult trait of a good blues guitarist. That trait would be a creamy, slow, controlled vibrato. The reason why you hear it so seldomly is because it's very difficult to do (good examples are Eric Clapton, Lucky Peterson, Stevie Ray, and Jeff Beck)”. J. Belanger for rollingstone.com says that "Bobby Manriquez is an amazing musician....All should be thankful that this guitarist has graced us with a gem (“Another Shade of Blue(s)”) to add to the collection of Blues guitar albums that never sit on the shelf long enough to gather dust." Bobby has played guitar for many great artists including E-Street Band's Nils Lofgren to soul legend Wilson Pickett. Bobby Manriquez’s talent has been praised by artists that include Carlos Santana, Charlie Musselwhite, former Miles Davis guitarist, Mike Stern and ex Sly and Eric Clapton drummer Andy Newark. “Another Shade of Blue(s)” is Bobby Manriquez’s first acclaimed solo album of blu-funk. Rolling Stone magazine included Bobby with Nils Lofgren and Rick Derringer in an investigative article, which included the phrase, "when have guitarists this good been on the same stage on the same evening lately?" If you love flamin' bluesy guitar and raw passion, you owe yourself a listen”. [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 94.7 Mb]


1 The Boogie Man's Comin' 3:26
2 Family Traditions 3:38
3 Evocation 0:30
4 Another Shade of Blue 5:18
5 Goin' Up 4:33
6 Smokehouse 1:45
7 Devil Heart 3:59
8 D'Blues 0:51
9 G-Blue (Inspired) 5:40
10 Ft22:35
11 Jump Start 0:44
12 How We Start 3: 48
13 B2k 2:52

All tracks composed by Bobby Manriquez


Bobby Manriquez - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Drums, Percussion, Horns, Vocals
Jimmy Van Keuren – Guitar Parts on Tracks 8,12: Bass on Track 6: String Synth. on Track 4
Sonny Petrosky – Bass on Tracks 2,4
Greg Hemming – Bass on Tracks 8,9,12
Nils Lofgren – Keyboards on Tracks 1,5
Kurt Gibbons – Piano, Organ on Track 9
Bruce Guttridge – Drums on Tracks 1,2,5
Dirk Snider – Drums on Tracks 8,12
Leslie (Beck) Manriquez – Vocal Parts on Track 9


Bobby Manriquez, a native of Washington, D.C., is a gifted guitarist and singer/songwriter who has repeatedly broken through what for most is a barrier rarely penetrated, having risen from local venues to perform on national and international stages. He is also very familiar around a drum kit. In the early '70s, he could be found sharing lead guitar duties in a prominent D.C.-based band climaxing on the A&M Records release of "Daddy's Girl" in 1976. During that same period, he was selected to be the lead guitarist for the touring band of Capitol Records artist Kathi McDonald. McDonald was a parts vocalist for the likes of the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. Her most recent release, "Insane Asylum," had guest spots by guitar greats Neil Schon, of Journey, andRonnie Montrose. The new group shared the stage with Rufus, KISS, and Earth,Wind & Fire while entertaining stateside audiences. Work with the late, great producer David Briggs, who worked with Neil Young, Alice Cooper, and Nils Lofgren, began for Manriquez as Capitol Records anticipated the release of a second album for McDonald. The late '70s brought Manriquez a very successful affiliation with gifted guitarist/songwriter Lofgren, leading to extensive U.S. and European touring. This period proved to be a high point in Manriquez's career, as it marked a continuation and increase in very positive press from Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard Magazine, and several other large city papers. Some acts Manriquez has shared the stage with are Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Derringer, and other notable greats. The unforgettable TV appearance on the London BBC recording of the Old Grey Whistle Test was later released by Lofgren on a 1993 CD that went by the same title. What followed was a period of more than a decade which Manriquez endearingly calls "a self-induced change of life," where full attention was devoted to improving on the kind of lifestyle that so many fell victim to in the '70s and '80s: He simply stopped playing. Manriquez came back on the scene in the mid-'90s as the lead guitarist for soul legend Wilson Pickett. Obviously revitalized, Manriquez further broadened the spectrum of his musical portfolio with an authentic sureness while playing shows in the States and abroad. Manriquez' debut solo CD, another shade of blue(s), was ready for promotion and sales in 2000. © Larry Belanger © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/bobby-manriquez-mn0000474045/biography

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