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Title - 'The Crimson Guitar: Tribute To King Crimson'
Artist - Fernando Perdomo

For those not in the know, Fernando Perdomo is a powerhouse of the LA music scene who lives and breathes music and where LA Weekly dubbed him as “The millennial answer to Todd Rundgren”.

A veteran already at just 37, he has made a name for himself as an in-demand producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.

Perdomo is a product of the eclectic record collection he put together at an early age as a regular customer in every thrift store and flea market in Miami.

Furthermore, he also owns and operates Reseda Ranch Studios in Reseda, California. Some of his projects have included folk legend Linda Perhacs, Dean Ford, Andy Pratt, Rebecca Pidgeon, Cristina Vane, Jacob Jeffries, The Dirty Diamond, and his TV work extends to projects such as Honda, Target, McDonalds, Goya, Dunkin' Donuts, Toyota, Shameless and even Dexter.

The Crimson Guitar (out November 15, 2019 via Forward Motion Records) is the eagerly anticipated fifth full-length album by Fernando Perdomo, guitarist and bassist of The Dave Kerzner Band and Jakob Dylan's Echo In The Canyon Band.

As you can well imagine from the title, the album is a tribute to King Crimson and has been a noted labor of love for Perdomo.

1. 'Peace (A Theme)'
2. 'Islands'
3. 'I Talk to the Wind'
4. 'Formentera Lady'
5. 'Starless'
6. 'Prince Rupert Awakes'
7. 'Erudite Eyes'
8. 'Moonchild'
9. 'Book of Saturday'
10. 'The Court of the Crimson King'

For all fans of King Crimson who are just passing through, inquisitive of what Perdomo has been doing here on this album, I can inform you that The Crimson Guitar: A Tribute to King Crimson lovingly spans their first seven albums.

Excluding anything from Starless and Bible Black, but including 'Erudite Eyes' from The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp – which, of course, gave the world this precursor to the Crimson sound on 'Suite No. 1,' later known as 'Song of the Gulls,' there’s also a batch of wonderfully wacky pop songs to be found, of course.

In truth, I honestly feel that every Crimson fan would love to have been this talented to have recorded this album so the work done on it by Perdomo is obviously both heartfelt and born of true, honest devotion.

The album opens with a brief 'Peace (A Theme)' before the highly melodic 'Islands' comes abounding. That's backed by the gentle acoustic touch found on 'I Talk To The Wind,' which in turns is backed by both a beautiful guitar rendition of 'Tormentera Lady' and then 'Starless' simply dips majestically into your very soul.

Then comes the medieval stance to 'Prince Rupert Awakes' (a version that echoes the original from the brilliant Lizard superbly), and that is followed by more of the jazzy renaissance vibe on 'Erudite Eyes.'

'Moonchild' is a rather dreamy affair, whilst 'Book of Saturday' is rendered with acoustic tension, before the album rounds out with Perdomo's masterful last interpretative turn of the cards on 'In the Court of the Crimson King.'

"I was not like the other kids in school," Perdomo explains. "I grew up in Miami Beach, Florida in the '80s and '90s. I discovered King Crimson via a discount cassette tape rack at Camelot Music at the Omni Mall."

"My first three tastes of KC were Islands, Lizard and USA. I was 11 years old. My Brain expanded with this incredible music flowing through me!"

"I was learning the guitar precisely when this music hit me like a train. Classical lessons led me to experiment re-arranging KC for solo guitar."

"These arrangements that I created as a tween are what you hear on this record, made as a 38 years old. I hope these recordings bring out the beauty in the incredible compositions."

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