Sep 122016
 

nealmorseband2016_638The journey of Neal Morse has seen three decades of musical accomplishments, the latest being the inception of The Neal Morse Band. Morse has forged many relationships over the years with his other bands, Spock’s Beard, Flying Colors and Transatlantic. However, the most compelling and fruitful efforts have been those with drummer Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Twisted Sister, ex Dream Theater).

Now the current lineup of The Neal Morse Band — Morse, Portnoy, bassist Randy George, keyboardist Bill Hubauer and guitarist Eric Gillette — brings forth “The Similitude Of A Dream”, a concept album to be released November 11 on Radiant Records via Metal Blade Records/Sony.

This will be the eighth studio album with Morse, Portnoy and George, and the second as a true collaboration with this current lineup. A lyric video for the song “Overture” is now available below. Continue reading »

Feb 072015
 

Neal-Morse-band-2015In the video below you can hear a preview of ‘The Call’ from “The Grand Experiment”. The upcoming album from The Neal Morse Band, which will be released next week, on February 10th. The band will be heading out on tour in support of “The Grand Experiment”. The tour begins on Feb. 22 in North America and will continue in Europe on March 5. Dates and locations are listed below.

“The Grand Experiment”, featuring the talents of Neal Morse (ex-Spock’s Beard), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater), Randy George, Bill Hubauer, and Eric Gillette, is sure to blow the minds of all prog fans and appeal to anyone who loves hooky songwriting with virtuoso performances from some of the best musicians in the world of Prog!

For the first time ever prog icon Neal Morse came into a recording session with his long time friend and collaborator Continue reading »

Transatlantic – “Kaleidoscope”

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Apr 112014
 

Kaleidoscope (2014)Music is such a conversational piece and is able to bridge many gaps and cultures with its varying styles of expression, and like love, often succeeds where some things might fail. Its like watching a movie, and how powerful a scene is, not because of the acting or FX effects, but because of the accompanying music which without, that scene would have little or no impact at all. The right kind of music can orchestrate the right kind of mood for a specific experience or emotion.

Over the years there has grown an ever increasing variation of music some worthy of earplugs, whilst others worthy of stand up ovations, and more and more a cross over theme of genre’s are coming into acceptance that create original pieces that deserve recognition and a tip of the hat too. It does not mean they always going to be a popular choice or something you’ll choose to listen to every day, but  you would agree it’s good music.  Likewise some music is better experienced live than on a cd, and no matter how good your hi-fi system is, there are some music that can never really be captured in truth or its energy like when the band plays live. Some music is only meant to be enjoyed in a live setting even if they are able to slam dunk it on a cd.

The progressive music scene is an interesting one, I have always been a fan of progressive jazz, and can spin progressive jazz albums on my record player for hours, and in general the progressive music scene whether rock, jazz or whatever make for a thrilling and entertaining live experience that almost always over shadows their cd expression of the music experience. Continue reading »

Dec 252013
 
ta2013Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse is the founding member of Spock’s Beard, the Neal Morse band and Transatlantic, the latter of which also features drummer Mike Portnoy [Dream Theater], Roine Stolt [The Flower Kings] and Pete Trewavas [Marillion].

In the video below, Neal chats with Guitarhoo! about his early years making music in Southern California and moving to Nashville, Tennessee; the formation of Transatlantic; the recording of upcoming Transatlantic record, “Kaleidoscope”; preparations for a world tour in 2014; upcoming solo projects in the New Year; and much more.

Transatlantic will release its fourth studio album, “Kaleidoscope”, on January 27, 2014 via InsideOut Music. Continue reading »

Apr 292012
 

“Cover 2 Cover” is the new CD from Neal MorseMike Portnoy and Randy George. The album will be released on May 22 via Radiant Records. 

Together, this group of musicians hand-picked these classic cover songs to complete the second such CD in the bands extensive catalog. This widely diverse selection of songs is sure to capture the essence of the age of music that has impacted these accomplished musicians! Check out the samples below. Continue reading »