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John Morgan Acoustic Guitar / Press

“John Morgan's seventh CD release, Quiet World, consists of 16 original compositions and a total of 60 minutes of music. It was abundantly clear on first listen that Morgan is a musician at ease with not only his instrument, but also the arrangements that add so much nuance and breadth to his phrasing, melodies and grooves. Vocal, keyboard, flute, accordion and percussion accompaniment are an essential part of this CD. Quiet World opens with a relaxed series of guitar phrases that roll into a bright and frolicking melody accented and carried along piano accompaniment followed by "Girl in the Garden" that features mirthful vocals that form a duet with Morgan's equally mirthful fretwork to create a tune so right for a sunny summer day that I think it helped melt some of the snow off my Michigan roof! Stylistic influences can be heard from classical, rhumba, Caribbean to a handful of finger-stylists like Phil Keaggy and Tommy. Quiet World is delightful and satisfying from beginning to end.”

"Where one is from isn't as important as where one is headed, and good friends make the journey that much sweeter. This simple sentiment forms the basis for an exceptionally beautiful selection of instrumental acoustic music that helps one enjoy the adventure of everyday living. Morgan is an incredibly articulate guitarist blessed with the gift of being able to convey in four minutes of music what it would take several books to relay. His musical "stories" describe beloved imaginary characters who dance in "Luminescent Shoes" and embrace "The Unexpected Stranger". One is quickly immersed as the brightly hued music flows smoothly like a water-color, pausing now and then for a fun and funky time-out "By the Well of Joy" or a romantic rendezvous to express "What Words Can't Say." There's many a good instrumental tale here, much to bring a secret smile, a private dance step; this is feel-good music of the finest grade for anyone open to inspiration." (June '99)

The Monthly Aspectarian

"John Morgan is good at what he does...very good. "Stories," the follow up to his highly touted first release, "The Journey," is a wonderful example of how purely instrumental music can convey emotion and images without ever saying a word. Using a distinctive fingerstyle technique, Morgan transforms the sounds of his acoustic guitar (mixed with bass and flute) into wonderful tales filled with tangible sentiment. Like the upbeat anticipation of "Awakenings," the excited curiosity of "Tickets to the Circus" or the quiet reverence of "Winterprayer." It's not hard to imagine this album finding a permanent place next our quieter moments. It is contemplative but rhythmic, forthright but humble. Most of all, though, it is enjoyable. The musical tales found in Morgan's "Stories" are worth listening to over and over again."

“In these days where music is increasingly created using computers and old records are plundered for loops and riffs it is encouraging to see the human touch reasserting itself on an album like this one. John Morgan's latest album Motionography is unashamedly acoustic. 100% acoustic guitar, nothing else. Everything you hear on this superb album comes directly from the brain to the fingertips, to the fretboard and strings. No enhancements. The album contains thirteen tracks, of which a dozen are self penned. Another factor about this album that I like is that it almost uniformly upbeat, the tracks are almost all uptempo and happy, and reflect the album's theme of motion physically, emotionally and musically. There is nothing here that is less than outstanding and deserving of an immediate replay. If you like acoustic music then I can't see any reason why you don't add this to your collection Motionography is never going to be very far from your CD deck. Highly recommended!”