Jeremy - Pilgrim’s Journey

...brings to mind the finest progressive masters like Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips, as well as rock legends like Pink Floyd and space-music pioneers Tangerine Dream. [Time and a Word]

This album is easy to review. Do you like the first few Steve Hackett solo albums? Do you like the work of Anthony Phillips? If yes, Pilgrim’s Journey is for you! I am a big fan of such prog gems as Voyage of the Acolyte, The Geese and the Ghost, and Slow Dance. Well, Jeremy's first album is of the same family. That is, a very cool, very nice flow of instrumental prog, dominated by the electric guitar. Never boring, but never violent - a difficult balance of forces! I don't know where this Jeremy Morris came from, but he is good, really! [Acid Dragon]

He has woven a rich and melodic tapestry of spirited and uplifting progressive rock. Twelve tracks... offer colorful and symphonic soundscapes, ranging from delicate imagery to grand and powerful visions... His approach is much like that of guitarist Gordon Giltrap, and one can certainly hear the influence of Mike Oldfield (those liquid guitar leads) or Anthony Phillips (the multiple twelve string arrangements a la Trespass) in most of the numbers, perhaps Steve Hackett as well. Conceptually and musically, Pilgrim’s Journey holds together well, and is an album that should appeal to many. [Exposé]

Yeah, there are similarities between Morris’ upbeat, sweetly flowing compositions and those of Mr. Oldfield. But Morris also proves capable of forging his own path, especially when nimbly working the mini-Moog or emptying his bag of spacey effects to summon a kinder, gentler version of Hawkwind... The Michigan native prefers simple melodic ideas with plenty of breathing room. Guitar and keys lead the way to pastoral settings and celestial flights of fancy, highlighted by two long tracks. [Progression]

This instrumental album is excellently produced and captivating. A guitarist’s approach to an expedition touched with tribulation and ending with hope. I give this four and a half progs. [JAM Rag]

This synth/keyboard dominated album is a bit of a cross between Camel and Genesis (more Camel) with its mix of symphonic keyboards and soaring guitars, in addition to the thunderous bass work and wide-ranging drum/percussion backbone plus a tremendous stylistic range of paces and moods. Superb music. [C&D Compact Disc Services]

            

There’s a 70s prog sensibility to the music with its big dramatic movements, sweet melodies, atmospheric tone poems that aren’t ambient, an acoustic guitar solo, and a lot of excellent guitar-keyboard interplay. There are quite a few one man bands out there, but Jeremy is among the most impressive I’ve heard as both musician and composer. [Music Uncovered]

The Kinesis catalog description is not to be argued with, as American guitarist/keyboardist Jeremy produces music in the Anthony Phillips, Steve Hackett, Giltrap and Oldfield league. There’s even a 25-minute track to finish with as Jeremy takes you on a musical voyage. I really do believe that this musician takes in all corners of progressive rock, minus the vocals, which are not missed. Acoustic and electric guitar are released in a rainbow of sound that employs your mind and pushes you back into the easy chair to relax and enjoy. Pilgrim’s Journey is played by an American musician in a British style that is sometimes lacking around this genre of music today. Get it and you’ll love it. [Wondrous Stories]

This album demonstrates how this style of music can be expressive and melodic. The shorter tracks are very impressive, with lush classical sections, great guitar solos, and majestic synth chords. As a one man band, Jeremy proceeds to captivate us with complex arrangements and heart warming melodies. If like me you are inspired by early Genesis, Camel, Gordon Giltrap, etc, and given its stylish sounds, I’m sure he’s on to a winner. [Sequences]

The music from this poly-instrumentalist has matured to take a form close to Anthony Phillips or Jean Pascal Boffo’s music. The title track is 25-minutes long and truly excellent. [Musea]

This is solid instrumental progressive rock firmly in the Steve Hackett/Gordon Giltrap school... The standout track is the 25-minute title piece. [The Laser’s Edge]

Remarkably ambitious, this work must have taken a great deal of time and effort... Jeremy is most proficient at the wailing, atmospheric guitar styles made famous by Steve Hackett, but he fills out the sound with plenty of keyboards, as well as bass, percussion, and acoustic instruments. [Prog-Net (Chris Dixon)]