Fernando Perdomo – Zebra Crossing (Forward Motion Records / Cherry Red, 2018)
Zebra Crossing is a Beatles-inspired album by American musician Fernando Perdomo. Although Fernando Perdomo has been involved in various progressive rock projects, this recording is essentially a pop album with some Beatles-style arrangements. The only time when Perdomo shows his progressive side is on the title track Zebra Crossing, an instrumental where he plays guitars inspired by George Harrison.
Perdomo provides most of the vocals and plays the majority of the instruments. Guests include Kaitlin Wolfberg on Violin; Ruti Celli on Cello; Durga McBroom on Background vocals on “Home”; Zak Nilsson on Backing vocals; Stephen Kalinich on spoken word; Cyndi Trissel on Clarinet; Danny Ayala on Keyboards & backing vocals; Megan Zeankowski on Bass; and Ken Sharp on Guitar and backing vocals.
Fernando Perdomo – Out To Sea (Forward Motion Records, 2018)
Out To Sea is the debut instrumental progressive rock album by multi-instrumentalist and composer Fernando Perdomo, who is best known as guitarist and bassist of the Dave Kerzner Band.
Perdomo is deeply influenced by the pioneering progressive rock bands of the 1970s, especially guitarists such as Steve Hackett (Genesis), Peter Banks (Yes), Steve Howe (Yes), and Jan Akkerman (Focus).
The album features tributes to various musical heroes, including Peter Banks, Focus, John Wetton, Nektar, and Curved Air. It’s a set of mini progressive rock and psychedelic epics that feature stellar electric and acoustic guitar work enriched with symphonic keyboards and drums. However, there is one gorgeous long suite titled Dreaming in Stereo Suite that strolls with ease and grace between memorable laid back and up tempo passages.
On Out to Sea, Perdomo uses 11 different types of guitars that appear on the CD booklet.
Fernando is individually donating $1 for every copy of the album sold to Macmillan Caring Locally, a charity preferred by Lisa Wetton for donations from Fernando’s release of his “Starless” cover in honor of John Wetton. The “Starless” cover is the bonus track on the Cherry Red version of the album “Out To Sea”.