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Swinging to Sweet Georgia Brown

Steve Morse, Cosmo Music Hall, Toronto, Oct 18, 2009; Photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Last weekend Steve Morse did a 3-night stint in New York City with his own band, plus sitting in with the Les Paul Trio on the fourth night. Guitar Player magazine has met him which resulted in a brief interview:

What is the difference between the way you play with Deep Purple and with your own band?
With my trio there is a lot more pressure because I am playing melodies and lots of difficult parts and changes. If it is a simple melody I try to enhance it by rolling in the right amount of synth or delay, or changing the pickup or tone setting. During difficult melodies, like “On the Pipe,” I have to adjust the balance between the wet amp and dry amp, then there is not even an eighth-note between the melody and playing this rising chord part, and I have to turn the synth on, go to a different pickup, etc. With my band the solos are really a chance to relax. With Purple we have a keyboard and melodies coming from the vocals. The only time I am in there crucially is during the solos.

Read more at GuitarPlayer.com.

Thanks to Yvonne Osthausen for the info.

11 Comments to “Swinging to Sweet Georgia Brown”:

  1. 1
    TruthHurts says:

    Sitting in with Les Paul? Last weekend? The guy died on August 12, 2009.

  2. 2
    Nixwisser says:

    He played with the Les Paul Trio. A friend of mine was there. He just told me: Great evening! 🙂

  3. 3
    Ted The Mechanic says:

    Oh, I was there for SMB trio on Friday night (jaws plummetting to the floor as per gig protocol regardless of who He plays with. But seeing Him with The Les Paul Trio on Monday night was nothing short or less than MAGICAL., with one half of an hour rehearsal earlier in the day pounded the point home. Name a genre of muzak. Steve kills EACH AND EVERY ONE. He remains in a league of His Own. purplepriest1965 will undoubtably find his need to lay silly, but agreeably creative and humourous filled commentary. But he’s been figured out long ago. And he still kills me….

    Let’s get back to business. Steve plays original DP with THE NECESSARY spin to keep it fresh as a different player should be called to do. Those of us who refuse myopic delusion with his 1994 forward original brilliance into the Purple camp, continue to appreciate the medicinal brilliance at hand….

    Respect opinions, but not worth a debate at this point. The great Lou Pallo shook his majestic head in disbelief of a fellow six stringer….




  4. 4
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I hasve been away for some days……

    How funny you mention me….

    I think its not hard to say something sceptical again here.
    Steve appearantly has not noticed that while he was playing his predecessors compositions they had to be done with melodies as well!!!!

    He has not been able to do the more difficult parts in DP as well.
    He has been redoing the same old thing more or less since 1994, thinking it would go unnoticed.

    Sad to say it did not bother enough people to keep the halls empty.
    Easy to think you re doing ok that way.

    But, ofcourse, taste is an opinion.

  5. 5
    stoffer says:

    @4 WOW!! you are such a positive person : (

  6. 6
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Dear Stoffer

    As you may have noticed there are more people on this board who feel like me.

    Its not about being negative.
    That would have been so if people like me started that behaviour in 1994, which a lot of us clearly did not!

    Its been 16 years now and you dont dont need me or others to convince yourself it has been a dissappointing affair, at least this decade.
    I can imagine there was a period that it had “something”, espescially when Lord was still in the band.

    Hell, I did like some parts and songs as well.
    Always hated the solo s though.

    Still trying to understand why they chose him.

    After exploring several old tracks through youtube.
    Before that a tape once was given to me by a lady I “checked out” thinking she likes rock, so…..
    But she was heavily into Morse!!!!!!

    She was as stubborn as an addicted smoker.
    While I was yawning after playing the tape time after time she persisted in not doing a rethink on Blackmore.
    No, I prefer a woman into everything else, but no Plainman, please!!!!

    I wanted to try again and downloaded his last solo cd and played it a few times.
    Must say it s not bad at all and more versatile than I hear him doing in DP.

    Never get goosebumps or something like that listening to him.
    The man may be, I m not sure really because I dont really know him and perceptions can be very shallow,very kind…..

    The rest is hopeless.

    I expected them to do better since Lord left.
    I m amazed that talented people in good health and wealth can underachieve so much.

    I ve been the one here who has been more active in frequently voicing my frustration.
    But I M NOT ALONE!!!!!

    Well, if it suits or pleases you to have a go at digging at me, you re welcome.

  7. 7
    stoffer says:

    pp 1965, just because you are “not alone” really does not make you right (or wrong). SM is not Blackmore and never will be, but its not SM’s fault that RB is not in Purple anymore so while the CONSTANT ripping of another human being may get your jollies it doesn’t do any good. Deep Purple as we know it does not exist for you and I, that much I know, so if you can’t stand the man or the band just stop…………………………………
    just for the record I am also disappointed in their lack of studio material, not the content just the amount of it (or lack of)

  8. 8
    Rascal says:


    His real problem is the fact he believes his ‘Hero’ abandoned him. And in truth he has………………

    But rather than criticise his god for 15+ years of mandolin work, he would rather criticise a man that helped rescue the band.

    He is alone in his ‘bitterness’

  9. 9
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 7 and 8

    Good to see your little Steve Morse Appreciation Society is as vibrant as ever.

    Btw, I did and do criticise a man that, in your opinion that is, a man that has helped rescue the band.

    The fact that Blackmore has whiddled too long in BN does not exclude the fact that DP dissappointed in the long run.

    I m that empathic that I can feel your bitterness about that.

    Lets do sushi!

    Cheers, Mark

  10. 10
    Tom says:

    Steve is a great guitarist. He’s not Blackmore but he’s still a great guitar player.I don’t know who could have done better. Deep Purple isn’t what it once was but what else is? Things change and this is how it is now. It will be interesting when they finally get into the Rock hall of fame what happens. Blackmore has to be part of that, he’s one of the main reasons why they deserve to be in and I’m sure the Hall will insist on him being there. What will Gillan do? Both Blackmore and Lord should play that night.

  11. 11
    Dawg says:

    Priest, same old thing since 1994? Are you serious? Funny that would come from a guy who only knows one song, and keeps playing it, and playing it, and playing it, and……………………..

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