To the surprise of many, Morse dismantled his trio and joined the prog-rock group Kansas, who were hoping to inject new life into their sound, following the departure of guitarist Kerry Livgren. For Morse, the adjustment to team player wasn't an easy one.
Steve Morse says:
"It was the first time of writing with the thought that what I was doing would be supportive, as opposed to the melodic focus. In other words, I had to make room for vocals, sometimes without knowing what the melody would be, and that was an adjustment.
"I felt strongly that I knew what kind of music Kansas wanted, having always been a fan, but it was a little more difficult than I thought - Kerry Livgren really knew how to write for this group. I also had to confront writing with someone who also had very strong, and different, ideas about what we would be writing.
"We finally found common ground, and everyone was smiling and enjoying the tunes as we played them. In the end, the experience helped me become a better writer and team player, and prepared me for similar situation later in Deep Purple."
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