Over the years, David Aguilar has made memorable music, not only with harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo, but also with Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Barry Melton, Maria Muldaur, Lester Chambers (of the "Time-Has-Come-Today" Chambers Brothers), Nick Gravenites and Bo Diddley, beloved for albums like Bo Diddley Is a Gunslinger and Have Guitar, Will Travel.
Aguilar is a true virtuoso. He makes those guitars sing, shout, whisper, wail and even weep. Sometimes his guitars seem to play him, and sometimes guitarist and guitar seem to blend into one. Now, at the age of 64, Aguilar is about to release a new CD that he recorded with Bronx-born Roy Blumenfeld, who once played with the Blues Project, and who always pays homage to rhythm and blues. Their new CD is titled The Aguilar Blumenfeld Project and Stanley Mouse-the legendary artist famous for his psychedelic posters and album covers for the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Journey and more-has done a trippy poster that will also serve as the cover for the CD. Aguilar and Blumenfeld are depicted as a couple of very hip, musical wolves, with Aguilar wearing a beard and Blumenfeld a beret.The CD might be the capstone for Aguilar's recording career, and he's rightly jazzed about it. In the parking lot outside the Barking Dog coffee house, he played one track for me that's titled "Plutonium Bob," explaining it as "Zappish." Indeed it is, and no doubt Frank Zappa himself would enjoy it. Both a team player and a solo artist, Aguilar says he enjoys making music nearly all the time, and especially "in an ensemble when it all clicks and it feels effortless and it all flows together. There's nothing like it." Guitars have been at the heart of Aguilar's life for more than a half-century. Sonoma legend has it he had a guitar in his hands when he was born. Aguilar's second guitar was electric and known as a "Kay Speed Demon," which today can sell for thousands of dollars. David Aguilar loves the life he lives. His many fans love the music he has made, from Sonoma to Sweden and from Florida to Wales. You can bet he'll go on making music as long as he can hold a guitar close to his heart and move his nimble fingers along its strings.