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First Time I Met The Blues: Neal Schon

Journey man Neal Schon on being a teen prodigy in 60s San Francisco, jamming with Clapton and getting back to instrumental basics.

Best known as the mainstay and founder member of jazz-rock fusioneers turned AOR arena rockers Journey, Neal Schon has collaborated on enough different projects to make the average in-demand session musician feel underemployed. His latest solo album Vortex reunites him with Journey bandmate Steve Smith and keyboard genius Jan Hammer on an instrumental album that touches bases from jazz to classical to world music. Yet for Schon, it all comes back to the blues.

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