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Fernando Perdomo - Out To Sea album review

Miami multitasker’s ‘tribute’-heavy instrumental set

Fernando Perdomo - Out To Sea album artwork

This Florida-born session player and producer has worked with such notable names as Todd Rundgren and Dave Kerzner, but while he’s a well respected ‘musician’s musician’, he’s not hugely well known round these parts. By releasing an instrumental album, he’s got his work cut out creating a star profile. That’s a shame because Out To Sea is full of personality – multiple ones. That much is evident when he kicks off with an abrasive guitar riff reminiscent of Gang Of Four, then branches out into jazz rock chords and funk grooves before Genesis-flavoured keyboard emerges from the choppy waters. Other reference points are similarly diverse, but he regularly returns to his natural habitat of traditional prog textures. Out To Sea has faintly Latin rhythms accompanying Perdomo’s slightly surfy twang, but there’s a definite Hackett influence in De Boerderij’s galloping licks, while the gorgeous flute that introduces the piece would grace any number of early-70s releases. The Future According To Roye and Sonja pay homage to Mr Albrighton and Ms Kristina respectively, but whether or not you can spot the pastiches, Perdomo’s versatility and talent rarely let your interest wane.

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock