"Flying Colors" is the name of a new group that features three of my favorite musicians: guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Steve Morse Band, Kansas, Dixie Dregs), bassist Dave LaRue (Steve Morse Band, Dixie Dregs) and drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic). With noted progressive artist Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) on keys and vocals and Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev) on vocals, Flying Colors' lineup falls in the "supergroup" category.
Disappointing efforts by supergroups, of course, are a dime a dozen, but Flying Colors achieves an uncommon success.
The band plays a mixture of pop and prog on its debut recording, a mix that evokes a certain similarity to Asia. No one member of the group dominates the sound and at the same time no member fails to stand out.
The success of the Flying Colors is exemplified on the song "Kayla," which sounds like a pop song while crammed with top-notch musicianship and prog-like properties.
Flying Colors - Kayla by Musictheoriesrecordings
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