Journey guitarist Neal Schon has recently released an all instrumental double album, “Vortex,” via Music Theories Recordings featuring 18 songs with everything from rock to classical and jazz influences. In addition to handling axe duties, Schon produced the album as well as played bass. Joining Neal on this outing is former Journey drummer Steve Smith and keyboardists Igor Len and Jan Hammer.
Although Schon has experienced enormous success with Journey, the band doesn’t come close to showcasing all of what Schon has to offer musically. “Vortex” changes all that and allows his talent to truly shine. From the epic tribute to jazz legend Miles Davis “Miles Beyond” to the flamenco feel of “El Matador,” Neal is flawless and breathtaking. Don’t miss the classical piano piece from Igor Len “Eternal Love” and the back and forth guitar and keyboard jam between Schon and Jan Hammer in “Schon & Hammer Now.” Of course Neal is a rocker at heart and there are some great straight up rockers like “Airliner NS910” and the bluesy “Lady M (Our Love Remains).” Schon shows off his softer side on tracks like “Mom” and the acoustic meanderings of “White Light.”
“Vortex” is epic and inspiring, showing us the artist that Schon truly is. His guitar is his voice and it is clear that Neal has a lot to say.