Steve Morse's almost mythical musical capabilities need no introduction. Marrying blazing chops to a singular sense of hook writing creativity, his distinctive brand of rootsy American virtuosity has inspired generations of players to think outside of the pentatonic box. Morse is renowned for reeling off what he calls "un-guitaristic" lines of seemingly impossible complexity. These keyboard- and fiddle-inspired trademark phrases often consist of no more than a single note on any given string. This kind of one-note-per-string arpeggio picking is typically regarded as the domain of fingerpickers, not flatpickers. Yet the effortlessness with which Morse nails these gymnastic routines is the obvious clue that something mechanically magical is happening under the hood.
Some stories are left unfinished. Sometimes the best part is what happens after the tale's end. Nearly a decade ago, Neal Morse released his landmark autobiographical progressive rock epic, "Testimony". Now, he returns with an extraordinary cast of musicians to tell the rest of the story in "Testimony 2" And he's saved the best for last. Picking up where he left off on "Testimony", the sequel begins with Neal in the mid-'90s when his band, SPOCK'S BEARD, begins to experience unexpected success. Neal sings about their glory days in "Time Changer" and the original band members join in. It's a vocal extravaganza in their classic style and an extraordinary moment.
Essential: a masterpiece of Progressive-Rock music
Since I am not selfish, I want to share this LP "High tension wires" from virtuoso guitarist Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs, The Dregs). If I could describe this work comes to me only one word: delicious.
Stand Up is the second studio album by the guitarist Steve Morse, released in 1985 by Elektra Records.Steve Morse's second album from his solo career named Stand up from 1985 is a natural continuation of what he did in Dixie Dregs (but less progressive)and with some moments who remind me of Kansas (Power era, who aswell feature Steve on guitar). The music , at least on this album is nothing realy progressive like he did with Dixie Dregs (only hints from that period is here) is more towards AOR with some elements of Kansas (the'80's) or even some hard rock numbers where the guitar of Steve realy did a good job.
Southern Steel is the fourth studio album by guitarist Steve Morse, released on February 5, 1991 through MCA Records.This one has a hard-rock feeling.. This album still blends various styles but in a more agressive way. The opening track is a boogie-hard rock tune typical of Watson's work, 'Southern Steel' recalls country, 'Wolf song' is a balad, 'Point counterpoint' is an acoustic eyeblink to Bach. Overall, this is a good album for all lovers of melodic guitar.
StressFest is the seventh studio album by guitarist Steve Morse, released on April 16, 1996.Stressfest from 1996 is a good jazz rock album where the guitar of Steve Morse shine almost on every piece. I like this album better then Stand up, ok is a diffrent decade, lots of changes between 1985 and 1996 in musical terms, the sound here is better, the guitar is more crunchy and has some brilliant moments, very uptempo pieces melted as always with some slower ones, some typical Morse signature on this album.
Coast to Coast is the fifth studio album by guitarist Steve Morse, released on June 9, 1992 through MCA Records. The album reached No. 30 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
Out Standing in Their Field is the eleventh studio album by guitarist Steve Morse, released on September 29, 2009 through Eagle Rock Entertainment.