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Blues Saraceno

Blues Saraceno (born October 17, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American rock guitarist, composer, and music producer who currently resides in Los Angeles California. Saraceno was discovered by Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine, at the age of 16, which assisted him in releasing instrumental recordings on an independent basis (which sold well over 100,000 copies). Saraceno's high profile as a gifted guitar virtuoso and musician opened the doors to an early career as a first call guitar sideman and session musician. Saraceno is most often recognized from his time playing w/Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream) as well as his brief tenure with the band Poison. Saraceno's early success in the music industry would eventually blossom into a career in producing and composing for television and film.

 

As a child he was surrounded by music (both parents played instruments) and often credits this for his initial interest in becoming a professional musician. He started to play guitar at the age of nine, but didn't take it seriously until the age of thirteen, when a fall from a go cart resulted in a broken elbow. Saraceno asked the doctor to position the cast so that he could remove it from his sling and practice guitar during his recovery period. He has often commented on how his lack of musical lessons contributed to his highly stylized sound. Saraceno moved to Los Angeles when he was nineteen in order to further his career.

 

One week after Saraceno's 16th birthday his professional career started when his then manager sent a demo tape to Michael Bolton who decided to enlist Blues' guitar skills on a Cher song. That late night session which included songwriter Desmond Child resulted in a release on Cher's "Heart of Stone" record. Word quickly spread and other producers soon followed suit. A demo tape that was originally intended to secure a guitar endorsement ended up in the hands of "Guitar for the Practicing Musician," magazine which had been searching for a full year to find the right artist to launch their new record label. Upon hearing his tape, Blues was offered the record deal, and his first instrumental solo record (Never Look Back) was released to critical acclaim.

 

The success of that album landed him an audition with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (Cream) in New York City. Despite blowing the amp up during the audition, Saraceno was offered the gig. After two successful US tours Saraceno was quickly becoming referred to as the "kid that replaced Eric Clapton". After another year of overseas touring, Baker departed and was replaced by Simon Phillips (Who, Toto) and eventually Gary Husband (Level 42). Saraceno continued to release two other solo albums (Plaid, Hairpick), as well as further his reputation as a top call session guitarist, landing many high profile equipment endorsements.

 

In 1994 Saraceno left Jack Bruce to fill in as lead guitarist and songwriter for the band Poison after guitarist Richie Kotzen was fired. After a short overseas tour, Saraceno's playing was recorded for the Poison album Crack a Smile. However, due to a regime change at the label, the record was temporarily shelved by Capitol Records. Saraceno left the group amicably and was replaced by the band's original guitarist, C.C. DeVille. The album was later released under the name Crack a Smile... And More, and includes fifteen tracks recorded by Saraceno and five songs taken from the band's old recordings featuring DeVille.

 

Upon his departure from Poison a chance encounter with the VP of advertising for Fox television (who was a fan of Blues' earlier instrumental work) introduced him to the professional world of television and Film. Working both onscreen and off, Saraceno found that the opportunity to put his own spin on the music, that would get directly distributed into households around the world, to be both challenging and rewarding... Read more at www.bluessaraceno.com

 

 

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