Tino Gonzales

Born in the Bluestown of Chicago in 1951, Tino Gonzales, grew up with the
soul sounds of Black music ­ Blues, R & B, Jazz, and Soul all have
contributed to his musical foundations. Having served his apprenticeship
with a wide range of blues and jazz greats he eventually set off on his solo
Blues career in 1985. But as a Mexican American with a streak of Arabic
heritage, the Latin blood flows equally in his veins. His music encompasses
all of these varied cultural influences resulting in a unique sound that can
not easily be labelled in terms of conventional categories ­ but if one had
to sum it up in one word it would have to be passion!
Gonzales’ incredible virtuoso style is so fluid one gets the impression he
pours his soul right into his guitar as he floats up and down its neck,
coaxing from it sounds and vibrations hitherto unknown ­ even to the most
ardent blues connoisseurs. He changes styles more often than many blues
musicians know how to change keys and any direction he chooses, whether
latin, jazz or soul, he plays with the same passionate fire and fluidity.

As top US westcoast DJ Steve Pringle from KMHD radio in Portland, Oregon
recently put it, “I have no frikken idea why you aren’t better known. Not
for lack of talent, sound, writing…it’s all good!” One of the reasons undoubtedly is Gonzales free-spirited and independent way of thinking, which has earned him the reputation of a maverick in the business. He resisted the temptation of signing with major labels on more than one occasion, because he refused to let himself be exploited, run down and spat out by the industry as he has seen happening to so many of his friends and peers. Instead, he decided to go his own way, often a rough and tumble road, but free at least. After years of touring the US and Canada Gonzales grew tired of the same old Club and Festival scene, packed his Hobo bag and decided to sail east.
Since his arrival on European shores two years ago Gonzales has certainly
made some big waves over here.

Having finally found a label he could work with he decided to sign with Dixiefrog, a French Blues label with a human touch. So far he has recorded three albums for them, each one a masterpiece in its own right with the unique Tino Gonzales touch. The last one, “Modern Day Hobo” was recorded in Germany and received rave reviews in the
international press. It reflects the beginnings of a process of transformation and artistic growth that is becoming even more apparent in
his new album, “A World of Blues”.

Travelling throughout Europe, from
France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg and Germany, to Spain, Italy and even
Slovenia, Gonzales has become deeply influenced by the Old World roots of
the same soulful music he grew up on in the States. Spanish, Gypsy, Arabic
and African influences, which originally contributed to both, Latin and Black American music, have all found their way into his repertoire.

His new Album, “A The World Of Blues”, the 4th for Dixiefrog, pays tribute
to these Old World roots of the blues as he masterfully manages to weave
gypsy accordion, African kora and world percussion sounds into his unique
blend of Latin Jazz/Blues fusion.

The result is a phenomenal melange of
musical influences all of which speak the same language – passion. Passion
for music, passion for love, passion for life ­ and compassion for the blues
of the world.

Gonzales’ passion is not just show. He deeply cares about humanity and
planet earth. To him the essence of blues is not only about the sense of
desperation rooted in slavery or variations on the theme of personal misery, but instead conveys a message that applies to the human condition
everywhere, and throughout all of time. He sings the blues of the American
Indians, the Blues of drug addicts, and the blues of the world. One of the
songs on the new album, an exquisite slow blues tune ­it gives a message of
peace to the blues of the world, appealing to each and everyone of us not to add “No More Misery”.
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Albums

The Right Time

Label: Juts us recordings
Release date: April 24, 2012

At a time when the music business is going through its progression of constant change and artists are doing their best to survive and to keep up with the evolution of where and how they will deliver their product, there still stands an independent gypsy and maverick of the business: artist, musician, producer and songwriter Tino Gonzales.
It’s been almost 8 years since anything has been heard from this elusive artist. As it turns out, he has spent most of this time wood-shedding in the forests of Sweden and Germany, keeping himself busy writing songs for a production company in Stockholm and preparing songs for an independent new release of his own, appropriately titled “The Right Time”.
This new release consists of 10 diverse, newly penned songs, reflecting his distinctive signature style for which he is known here in France and internationally – which is remarkable, not only for his mind-blowing, virtuoso guitar work, his powerful and soulful voice, or heartfelt lyrics, but also for his ability to convincingly cross a wide and varied scope of music, be it Rock, Blues, Jazz, Latin, R&B or Funk.

Always intuitive in his moves, Tino unerringly has picked “The Right Time” to resurface!

Tino Gonzales - The Right Time

Nuke the World

Label: Dixiefrog - DFGCD 8555
Distribution in France: Night & Day
Release date: May 01, 2003

Concentrating on the essential American roots music, our chicano from Chicago, artist of the world, plays the blue notes with guts and attitude, and with nuclear energy. Tino, guitarist, singer, composer, returns with agressive, punchy and groovy blues/rock, but never forgets his supple melodic skills. In his songs, he speaks out clearly against the official
political choices of the present American government. Despite of two cool latino instrumentals, the album is clearly recorded “under pressure” and Tino holds a tight musical rein. The rhythm section is as groovy and funky as can be with Kenny Martin (Defunkt, Jaco Pastorius) playing drums, and Darryl Taylor (Kenny Burrell, Archie Bells) taking care of bass. As a bonus, Nico Wayne Toussaint brings his blues harp touch and Sjors Nederlof, a brilliant young Dutch guitarist, burns the whole house down right from the first song.

Tino Gonzales - Nuke the World

A World Of Blues

Label: Dixiefrog - DFGCD8533
Distribution in France: Night & day
Release date: May 01, 2002

Tino Gonzales - A World Of Blues

Modern Day Hobo

Label: Dixiefrog - 8515
Distribution in France: Night & Day
Release date: January 01, 2001

Tino Gonzales - Modern Day Hobo

Tequila Nights

Label: Dixiefrog -
Distribution in France: Night & Day
Release date: January 01, 1999

Tino Gonzales - Tequila Nights

A Heart Full Of Blues

Label: Dixiefrog -
Distribution in France: Night & Day
Release date: January 01, 1997

Tino Gonzales - A Heart Full Of Blues