Peter Fernandes is a jack-of-all-trades, showing incredible proficiency in several areas. His talents are proudly displayed with the release of his new album Q.E.D., an album Fernandes composed, tracked, mixed and played keyboards and synth. Q.E.D. features a plethora of guest musicians on a variety of instruments, including Gary Husband, Greg Howe, Virgil Donati, and Richard Hallebeek.
To allow every musician a chance to speak musically Q.E.D. becomes less of a solo album for Fernandes in terms of keyboard playing, and focuses more on his impressively strong and diverse compositions. As a composer, Q.E.D. shows great growth. Each track has cohesiveness from one section to another and the album as a whole flows well, never focusing specifically on a single instrument. Again, this makes the album more about the music as a whole, and less about the musicians playing the instruments.
Many fusion albums run the risk of focusing too much on technical abilities than on arrangement, causing every song on the album to sound similar. Obviously Q.E.D. does not come close to fitting that description. With a vocal ballad like Your Truth, the Latin groove of Sheffield Songo, or the heavier Dorothy, the album never fails to keep the listener’s attention.
The album shows strong influences from fusion staples like Chick Corea and Allan Holdsworth, as demonstrated in Your Truth, but Fernandes also incorporates heavier prog influences like Dream Theater. The mix of influences, change of instrumentation focus, and differentiation in keyboard and synth choices create a refreshingly diverse album. Q.E.D. is certainly an album listeners will listen to several times to fully appreciate every aspect the album has to offer, finding new elements or amazing parts of a solo with each pass.