Vortex Derek Sherinian
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- 1The Vortex04:25
- 2Fire Horse04:26
- 4Seven Seas06:16
- 5Key Lime Blues04:42
- 6Die Kobra06:44
- 7Nomad's Land05:20
- 8Aurora Australis11:10
Info for Vortex
With a diverse discography that puts even the hardest working musician to shame, he has spent more than thirty years building a reputation as the go-to for those serious about the keys on their record, at the same time releasing a string of solo releases, each one more accomplished than the last. Starting with 1999’s Planet X, his most recent release was 2020’s The Phoenix, his first in nine years and reestablishing him as a force to be reckoned with in the solo arena. In 2022 he returns with the mighty Vortex, eight tracks built on his signature chameleonic sound that blends rock with elements of funk, prog, and jazz, which he started writing even before The Phoenix was finished. “Vortex is a continuation of The Phoenix,” he states. “However I feel the composition is stronger on the new album, and I would describe it as a modern day 70s style fusion record, but with newer heavier tonality.”
Derek Sherinian, organs, pianos, synthesizers
Simon Phillips, drums
Tony Franklin, bass
Steve Stevens, guitar (tracks 1,4)
Nuno Bettencourt, guitar (track 2)
Joe Bonamassa, guitar (track 5)
Steve Lukather, guitar (track 5)
Michael Schenker, guitar (track 6)
Zakk Wylde, guitar (track 6)
Mike Stern, guitar (track 7)
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, guitar (track 8)
Former member of Joe Bonamassa's touring band, Black Country Communion and Dream Theater, Derek Sheririnian is joined by Steve Stevens, Steve Lukather, Tony MacAlpine, Simon Phillips and more on his solo album Oceana.
Recognized by many as the premiere rock keyboardist of his generation, Sherinian has performed for millions via the vehicles of Black Country Communion (of which he was a current member alongside Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa), Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Buddy Miles, and as an off-stage performer accompanying KISS. He also enjoyed tenures with Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and many others. Favoring a guitar heavy rock based approach to fusion ala one of his musical heroes Jeff Beck, Oceana once again displays the power and energy Sherinian creates in the studio, setting him apart from most jazz fusion ensembles in the process.
He displays the rare combination of being a musical chameleon, while maintaining his signature style in no matter what genre he is playing in. With Oceana, the stage is set for Sherinian’s inspiration to be propelled in to the mainstream.Sherinian has carved out a niche for himself in the progressive metal scene.
He has attracted the best players on Earth to his solo album sessions, some of whom include luminaries Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, John Petrucci, John Sykes and Zakk Wylde.
With Oceana, again an assemblage of some of the most talented players to ever strap on a guitar join Sherinian in the studio. Steve Lukather once again collaborated with the keyboardist for the tracks “Mulholland,” “Euphoria,” and “Seven Sins.” Former Planet X guitarist and fusion legend Tony MacAlpine laid down performances for “Five Elements,” and “Mercury 7.” The one and only Steve Stevens is featured on “Ghost Runner,” and the title track “Oceana.” Black Country Communion band mate Joe Bonamassa makes an appearance as well on “I Heard That,” while Doug Aldrich performs on “El Camino Diablo.” Simon Phillips performs all drums on Oceana, while Jimmy Johnson laid down the bass on all tracks outside of “Ghost Runner” and the title track which features Tony Franklin.
The 1970s saw the creation of keyboard legends, when titans including Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Jon Lord were superstars. It was a time when talent on the keys was not only appreciated, but celebrated in popular music. With Oceana, perhaps a rebirth is upon the precipice of change for the Santa Cruz-raised, Berklee School of Music educated Sherinian to witness a new dawn where keyboardists once again are heroes.
Inevitably, it is only a matter of time before Sherinian is recognized as the premiere rock keyboardist of this generation.
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