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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Oceana - Derek Sherinian- New release review

Although threads of blues run throughout I'd more describe this as a progressive rock release.I try to stay away from music that travels too far from the blues but with featured artists such as Steve Lukather (Toto and record producer working with Jeff Beck), Tony MacAlpine (Planet X), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Joe Bonamassa ( JB Band and Black Country Communion), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), former Jeff Beck drummer Simon Phillips it's hard not to give it a listen. You won't find any Hooker or King licks in there but you may find it quite enjoyable.

I do.

Derek Sherinian (born August 25, 1966) is a rock keyboardist who has toured and recorded for Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kiss, and Alice In Chains.[1] He was also a member of Dream Theater and is the founder of the instrumental metal-fusion band Planet X. His solo albums feature several prominent artists, including Slash, Allan Holdsworth, Steve Lukather, John Sykes, Billy Sheehan, Zakk Wylde and Al Di Meola. Sherinian is a founding member of the supergroup Black Country Communion.

Sherinian has distiguished himself by his aggressive "guitaristic" approach to his keyboard style. He has been called the "King of the Keys" by Guitar World magazine and the "Caligula of Keyboards" by Alice Cooper. His influences include Elton John, Keith Emerson, Jan Hammer, and a variety of guitarists. He is an American of Greek-Armenian descent and has a special interest in Armenian history.

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