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Perdomo, Fernando: The Crimson Guitar

In-demand multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter/producer Fernando Perdomo has been a busy guy of late, not only working with both The Dave Kerzner Band and Jakob Dylan's Echo in the Canyon Band, but he's also managed to create a small handful of solo releases as well, one of his latest is this one here, The Crimson Guitar, a tribute to King Crimson. A true solo release, with Perdomo armed only with his acoustic & classical guitars, The Crimson Guitar lovingly recreates ten classic tracks from the progressive rock legends in true stripped down, acoustic fashion. Fernando states on the liner notes how growing up in Miami as a kid in the '80s he stumbled upon the music of King Crimson, and his musical life was forever changed. Here, he lays down some gorgeous renditions of classic tracks such as "Starless", "Islands", "I Talk to the Wind", "Formentera Lady", "Book of Saturday", and of course, "The Court of the Crimson King", among others. Heartfelt & emotional, these acoustic interpretations are absolutely lovely, "Prince Rupert Awakes", "Moonchild", and "Peace (A Theme)" show the mastery of the acoustic guitar in the hands of Perdomo, but the real gem here is "Starless", Fernando's ability to recreate the song's soaring melodies are performed just perfectly...it will bring a tear to your eye.

While a very short CD at just about 25 minutes long, it packs a subtle, emotional punch. For any King Crimson fan, Fernando Perdomo's acoustic renditions of these legendary tracks is nothing short of remarkable.


Track Listing
1. Peace (A Theme) 01:30
2. Islands 02:34
3. I Talk To The Wind 02:54
4. Formentera Lady 02:41
5. Starless 04:01
6. Prince Rupert Awakes 02:42
7. Erudite Eyes 01:43
8. Moonchild . 01:48
9. Book of Saturday 02:08
10. The Court of the Crimson King . 03:20

Added: March 24th 2020
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Perdomo, Fernando: The Crimson Guitar
Posted by Jon Neudorf, SoT Staff Writer on 2020-03-24 06:16:12
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Veteran guitarist Fernando Perdomo has made quite a name for himself in progressive rock circles having played on Dave Kerzner’s solo discs New World and Static as well as in the band In Continuum. Outside of progressive rock his influence has touched many artists and genres and I was very happy to receive his latest effort titled The Crimson Guitar - " A Tribute To King Crimson. Perdomo writes in the liner notes how while taking classical guitar lessons the music of King Crimson transformed him and he started to rearrange and experiment with Crimson tunes for acoustic guitar. He wasn’t even a teenager at the time. Now, at thirty-seven years of age he has put these arrangements to disc and the results are really quite stunning.

The disc consists of ten short tracks, mostly in the range of two to three minutes with a running time of twenty-five minutes, so really I would consider this an EP. No matter, this is highly enjoyable stuff with the only instrument being Perdomo’s classical guitar. His playing is crisp and clean, bringing these new arrangements to life. Whether it’s the beauty of “Islands” or the haunting arpeggios and somber melody of “The Court Of The Crimson King”, Perdomo’s guitar playing is really fabulous throughout. My suggestion is to give this one a listen, especially if you are a fan of solo acoustic guitar and of course King Crimson. Highly recommended.


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Perdomo, Fernando: The Crimson Guitar
Posted by Shemp David Niven on 2019-12-22 18:40:09
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Apologies! After dong a little digging, I must confess, with red face, that there is indeed a Fernando Perdomo - he is not a pseudonym - and in fact has already enjoyed a long career before finally stepping out of the shadows and into his own.

To anyone interested, I recommend visiting

https://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/turn-me-on-singer-songwriter-producer-fernando-perdomo/

for the full skinny on Fernando. And of course go check out both OUT TO SEA discs, they're great.

Perdomo, Fernando: The Crimson Guitar
Posted by Shemp David Niven on 2019-12-21 04:13:58
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Maybe I've been given a bum steer, but are we absolutely sure "Fernando Perdomo" isn't a pseudonym for the amazingly prolific Dave Kerzner? (And when I say 'prolific', I mean Roine Stolt or Mike Portnoy levels of restless creativity.)

If I'm barking up the wrong tree here - well, Sr Perdomo, you have both my apology and my admiration. But something keeps telling me that Fernando Perdomo is The Man Who Wasn't There When Dave Kerzner Leaves The Room.





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