Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep has proved to be the Spock’s Beard Record s a fan I’ve always wanted to hear. My love and admiration of Progressive music is no secret to those closest to me. I’m a prog fool as much as I’m a blues fan, rocker and smooth jazz lover. As a long time fan of Spock’s Beard I’ve always felt a little robbed in the guitar department when it comes to Alan Morse in a light beer kind of way. Alan is such an amazing player but he’s always really laid back in the pocket on Spock’s Beard recordings, not so on Brief Nocturnes. Alan Morse is all over this record and it’s really put a smile on my face and a joyful step in my heart.
As a fan Brief Nocturnes is the album I’ve always craved from Spock’s Beard in the guitar department, I’m so enthralled. Alan doesn’t shred all over the CD, that would not be Spock’s Beard, but the spots he does are epic! His note choices and melodies are sublime on the record and he shows that as a guitarist he’s a force to be adored and reckoned with. I’ve always known what a true virtuoso Alan Morse is by default demographically. Living two towns over from Alan in California for over 20 years I’ve had the opportunity to see him play live and he’s something else boy!
With the departure of Nick D’Virgilio one of Musics most talented drummers / vocalists touring drummer Jimmy Keegan has really stepped up and filled his shoes well as has vocalist Ted Lenard. So many times when bands go through line up changes they lose the magick, I would have to say, at least for myself, this is not the case for this SB fan. If you’re a fan of progressive music go out and listen to Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep on the interwebs, you just may find something worth paying for. I certainly have.