Album Review of
The Crimson Guitar

Written by Robert Silverstein
January 15, 2020 - 12:00am EST
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I had the chance to see singer-songwriter and guitarist Fernando Perdomo perform at the fabled Colony Theater in Miami Beach when the Florida-born musician opened for Jon Anderson in November 2013. Fernando’s notable guitar work and his dedication to prog has extended to many artists over the years, yet an unexpected treat comes by way of a 2019 all instrumental album he released as a tribute to prog-rock legends King Crimson. The twist here is that The Crimson Guitar is a 10 track, 29 minute all-instrumental classical guitar tribute to the music of Robert Fripp and Ian McDonald, especially drawing from the 1969 Court Of The Crimson King album. Known for its mix of unforgettable pop melodies and groundbreaking prog-fusion, the first King Crimson album will forever remain a classic and on The Crimson Guitar Fernando offers unique glimpses into the evergreen melodies from songs like “I Talk To The Wind”, “Moonchild” and other tracks from the first four Crimson albums. A few surprises ensue but breaking down these classics into bite-size, melodic excursions for acoustic solo guitar is a breathtaking and unforgettable experience, just like it was hearing them in the Fall of 1969, for the very first time. Excellent recorded sound and truly insightful liner notes from Fernando makes The Crimson Guitar an album to relish.