Not many people noticed, and it doesn’t seem that much of the Kansas guy’s recognition, but Steve Morse’s short time in Kansas also left some very good tracks on two albums Power (1986) and In the Spirit of Things. (1988). Steve Morse’s contribution to Kansas can be seen almost immediately, probably because he has also been used to playing with the keyboard and violin band since Dixie Dregs.
The thing is that Steve Morse went to Kansas to take the place of his mother Kerry Livgren, but also replaced after arguing, so it seems that a “stuntman” like Steve will not be able to win the fans, and Steve Morse’s contribution is therefore often overlooked in Kansas’s massive career.
“Musicatto” – a wonderful guitar & violin duet
One thing is quite funny, is progressive metal geniuses, even though it sounds complicated and complicated, but they all know each other. Probably not many progressive metal players turned out to be.
Flying Colors is one such hybrid music project, between Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave Larue and drummer Mike Portnoy. Their destination is a mix of sophisticated prog rock music with popular sounds, short, but fun songs. So also, the last piece of the puzzle, singer Casey McPherson, though surprised, really helped bring that mass goal.
Flying Colors writes music in accordance with the pattern of social distancing: met for a long time at Neal Morse’s studio, wrote together on Skype, and recorded music as separate parts. But to me, I can see the influence of Steve Morse in this framework quite clearly, when Mike Portnoy suddenly played gentle but colorful, and the music, there was absolutely no need for progressive transformation ( changing beats, beats, and other beats) to catch guests, which changes in the very color of the music, as their namesake.
The fact that Mike Portnoy brought singer MacPherson to the band, who was not too famous in the Rock music world, suddenly became a strange wind for the music of Flying Colors, to be fair, the music of other prog rock projects. You can’t have it. Maybe audiences like me, even though a huge fan of prog rock, sometimes need more “hit fast, win faster” music. Like Son of Apollo’s music, isn’t it, Mike Portnoy?
It would be a crime if the music of the Flying Colors doesn’t reach the masses
Period joining Deep Purple
Deep Purple from the time of Steve Morse (Mk VII), the riffs are still very unique, but the obvious change is that the DP is now working smoothly, not like a wagon. dragging along with the leader’s guitar sound. Deep Purple suddenly played an unexpectedly elegant music. And not too hard to guess, it was Dixie Dregs’ style of playing in harmony with other trees that became Steve’s “musical personality” that made the role of “nest” players like Ian Paice. , Jon Lord suddenly turned bright again.
Steve Morse and Music Man’s signature tree number 2
Most noticeable, perhaps every time Jon Lord plays, Steve Morse’s guitar always softens, and sometimes goes back to Jon’s part. Honestly, there are times when I don’t understand, Steve Morse’s guitar is barely audible, but his hand is still … busy, tired eyes.
Because Steve Morse’s very different philosophy of playing music is to harmonize and complement each other, not necessarily to excel. When the singer sings, for example, he even turns the tone down every time he swipes a chord so that the chord becomes flutter – listeners can feel the touch of the pluck on the strings, but There is no time to stay there – before pulling the knob upwards, waiting for the next stroke of the string.
Or like Steve Morse’s “unspoken” habit every time a teammate solo, he will automatically switch to a thinner single-tone pickup, and slightly lower the volume to ‘7’ or ‘6’, and even play. Cover the strings to reduce the hum of the instrument, affecting the teammates’ part. Maybe it’s really not until Steve Morse plays for a dinosaur like Deep Purple that people get the right appreciation of unselfishness and harmony, perhaps only guitar lead like Steve Morse has.
“The Mechanic” is an album that marks a new beginning for DP with Steve Morse’s beautiful guitar
At this point, the second question above seems to have been answered on its own.