Title - 'III'
Artist - Tim Morse
Prog keyboardist master Tim Morse began his instrument instruction at a young age and started composing immediately upon picking up the guitar.
He later moved onto the piano and studied as a music composition major, writing extended pieces such as a string quartet and two piano sonatas.
During this time Tim performed with various rock and fusion bands and played on many recording sessions.
Tim’s first album of original music was entitled Transformation and was released in 2005. The album was well received by the Progressive Rock community and recognized as an original voice, in the tradition of Yes and Genesis, yet recorded and performed with a modern edge.
His second album Faithscience was released in 2012 and musically it picked up where Transformation left off, continuing to explore the best of Progressive Rock.
In addition to this release, Tim became a member of the Jerry Jennings band and formed The Mangoes with Bret Bingham. The Mangoes released their debut album in 2014 and it was embraced for its pop sensibility and quirky humor.
Now Morse has just released his third album Tim Morse III (via Stark Lighting Music) this past October 5th, 2018) and , to my mind, it's one of his finest.
Featuring songs about spiritual epiphanies, longing, friendship and loss the original idea for this album was that it would be a completely solo project.
Thus allowing Morse to play all the instruments and sing all the vocals. However, even at the demo stage he missed the input of others, and decided to bring in some of his favorite musicians (Jerry Jennings, Brett Bingham, Jay Leek, et al) for cameo appearances.
1. 'Wake Up'
3. 'The Marquis'
4. 'The Path'
5. 'Mary Celeste'
6. 'My Ally'
7. 'Circle / Talisman'
“I’m not really a multi-instrumentalist – I’m a pianist and guitarist," Morse himself admits. "By extension I play other keyboards, bass and a little bit of percussion."
"Anyone can play drums as good as I can! You can hear me play everything on one song ‘The Marquis’ and I play most of the instruments on ‘My Ally’ and ‘Talisman’ as well.
Recording the tracks with a smorgasbord of vintage gear – Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes electric piano, Mini-Moog, and Mellotron samples, etc. - Morse has embodied these 7 tracks with an old school prog vibe that just doesn't exist in today's Prog genre.
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