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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Cary Morin - When I Rise - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, When I Rise from Cary Morin and it's quite good. Morin has coupled his solid vocals, crisp guitar work and fine knowledge of musical phrasing to craft his best release yet. Opening with title track, When I Rise, Morin on lead vocal works with large group of talented musicians including Steve Amedee on drums, Paul Benjaman on electric guitar, Celeste De lorio on vocals, Jay Forrest on drums, Jason Larson on vocal, piano and bass, Dexter Payne on harp and clarinet, Kim Stone on bass, Andy Weyl on piano and Lionel Young on violin. Let Me Hear The Music has a terrific melody and Morin's vocals paired with Payne's clarinet work is pure gold. The Grateful Dead's Dire Wolf gets a really strong rework and I got to say I really like it. With a bit of stiffening and drama and really nice backing vocals by Di lorio, this is a cool track. Benjamin's electric guitar soloing, coupled with Morin's steel work is magic. One of my favorite tracks on the release is My Memories of You with a beautiful melody and the perfect balance between strong vocals and clean guitar accompaniment. Excellent! Another really strong ballad is Devoted One with Morin on acoustic guitar and vocal. Very nice. Morin presents his own interpretation of Duane Allman's classic, Little Martha with a few stylistic changes but pure as written. Happy go lucky Lay Baby Lay is a quick shuffle with just enough zip to put a smile on your face and some mighty tasty guitar riffs. Wrapping the release is an acoustic version of Water In The Jug, included on the release in electric form. Morin certainly has a joy for the music and a really nice voice. This track, with jubilant, almost spiritual feel shows Morin's joy in his music shining. 

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