Guitar Aficionado is proud to present the premiere of the new Neal Schon track “Tortured Souls.” The song appears on his forthcoming album, Vortex, out June 23 on Mascot Label Group’s Music Theories Recordings.
“ ‘Tortured Souls’ is a song I wrote about unsettled spirits in people,” Schon says. “I wish peace to the whole world and their souls.”
Vortex is a two-CD all-instrumental album that utilizes rock as its foundation while also embracing elements of jazz, classical and world music in 18 original tracks.
“This is an evolutionary album for me,” says Schon, whose lengthy resume includes acclaimed work with Santana and Journey. “I’ve always aspired to be a better player and push musical boundaries. And sure, I’ve sold 80 million records with Journey, and I’m proud of that, but this album is really me—all based on my guitar, which is my ‘voice.’ It’s bold. There’s love, and there’s definitely fire and an element of danger. And the energy level is off the hook.”
Highlights of the album include “Miles Beyond,” a scalding tribute to jazz genius Miles Davis’ pioneering fusion recordings, and “Schon & Hammer Now,” a furious jam between the guitarist and his longtime friend and creative foil, keyboardist Jan Hammer.
Schon produced and played bass on Vortex, and was joined in the studio by drummer Steve Smith and keyboardist Igor Len.
In other news, Schon recently announced that the reunited Santana group was wrapping up recording of a new album. The reconstituted lineup includes the major players from the band’s late-Sixties/early Seventies lineup: Santana, Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve.