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Session and backup band keyboardist Derek Sherinian seems to understand that, when it comes to jazz-rock fusion music, the electric guitar is king, at least from the evidence of his solo album Oceana. Sherinian, who has backed such stars as Buddy Miles, Alice Cooper, and Kiss and been a member of groups including Dream Theater and, most recently, Black Country Communion, usually contents himself with co-writing the instrumental tunes on the album with drummer Simon Phillips, then joining Phillips and bassist Jimmy Johnson in providing musical support to one of a number of guest star guitarists. These start with speed demon shredder Tony MacAlpine on "Five Elements" and "Mercury 7," though Sherinian allows himself a rare piano solo in the middle of the former. The latter comes off like a slightly faster version of the kind of tracks Jeff Beck put on his '70s fusion albums Blow by Blow and Wired. MacAlpine's speed is replaced by Steve Lukather's more expressive playing on "Mulholland" and "Euphoria," while Steve Stevens splits the difference on "Ghost Runner." Sherinian makes more of an impression as a player on his own album toward the end of the disc, notably on the keyboard-heavy "Seven Sins," which still leaves room for Lukather to get in some strong solos, however. It's easy to tell why a performer as supportive and self-effacing as Sherinian has managed to fit in so well in so many different ensembles over the years, since, even when his own name is on the cover, he mostly focuses on blending in rather than standing out.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/27/2011
Label: Mascot
UPC: 0020286166481
catalogNumber: 61664

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Derek Sherinian   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Steve Stevens   Guitar
Simon Phillips   Drums
Joe Bonamassa   Guitar
Tony Franklin   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Tony MacAlpine   Guitar
Doug Aldrich   Guitar
Jimmy Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Stevens   Composer
Simon Phillips   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer
Derek Sherinian   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Concept
Aldrich   Composer
Alex Todorov   Engineer
Nello Dell'Omo   Artwork
Roy Koch   Artwork
John Calabassas   Management

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