|Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals);Trev Lukather (guitars, bgv's (3), riff guitars (4), bgv's (6));Abe Laborial jr. (drums);John Pierce (bass (1));Leland Sklar ( bass (2) (3) (5-9));Phil Soussan (bass (4));Steve Weingart (synth fills (7), synth solo (9) );Jeff Babko (keyboards (1-10)); Randy Goodrum (synths (1) (2) (5) (10));Steve Porcaro (keys, orchestration and arrangement (11));
Greg Mathieson (Hammond organ (6) (7)); Steve MacMillan (additional synths (1) (3) (5) (9));
Olle Romo (synths (8));Jyro Xhan (synths, atmospheres (1));Joseph Williams (bgv's (1) (3) (6) (8) (9)); Bill Champlin (bgv's (6) (10));Bernard Fowler (bgv's (3) (6));Sharolette Gibson (bgv's (6));
Lenny Castro (percussion (2) (6-10))
est known as guitar player and singer for TOTO and tireless session man, Steve Lukather released so far three vocal solo albums. "Ever Changing Times" is certainly another musical gem to be added to the list of top quality releases featuring his classic trademarks: exquisite playing, finely crafted productions and a very diverse range of music styles, encompassing heartfelt ballads, straight-ahead rockers and fusion extravaganza.
"It's been 10 years since my last "vocal" record", explains Lukather, introducing his new album "And I thought it was time to rock again and sing". While his songwriting and abilities naturally evolved with time, one can't deny that "good music is always good music", especially when the creative process was "done in the traditional way: guys playing in a room together and writing good songs".
The results of this new studio effort, which lasted several months in between TOTO tours during 2007, are eleven songs which incorporate all aspects Steve Lukather is well known for. "The record rocks harder than Toto, but there is enough melodic stuff on there to please any Toto fan. There is also music that sounds youthful because my co-producer Steve Macmillan and my son were keeping me honest and up to date" says Luke, "It shows a lot of my influences and music I like. If it sounds good, then I keep it".
Steve of course could not make it all on his own. How could a musician that played on hundreds of records of other amazing artists could make it without some help ? But this time there are some very special people and friends involved. "My writing partner / executive producer Randy Goodrum suggested that I should do this record. He got me excited to do something different and work with such great players and songwriters. I was also thrilled that my son Trevor co-wrote 2 of the tunes with us and my daughter sang on a tune and all my friends and amazing musos came out to support". The list of special guest also includes former Toto singer Joseph Williams and Chicago's Bill Champlin on background vocals, Leland Sklar on bass, Steve Weingart, Jeff Babko, Randy Goodrum on keyboards and synths plus a Steve Porcaro cameo on one track, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums and other friends and guest stars who all lent their talent to ensure a truly exciting and fresh result.