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Jordan Rudess - Rhythm Of Time

Jordan Rudess
Rhythm Of Time
Catalog #: MA-9068-2

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Rhythm Of Time
AUDIO CLIPS (Coming Soon)

01 Time Crunch
02 Screaming Head
03 Insectsamongus
04 Beyond Tomorrow
05 Bar Hopping With Mr Picky
06 What Four
07 Ra
08 Tear Before The Rain


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    Brand new solo CD

    Jordan is the keyboardist with Dream Theater. The initial 5000 copies of Rhythm Of Time include a bonus video "The Making Of The Rhythm Of Time"; as well as 2 bonus audio tracks playable on the PC which are exclusive to the US edition of the album.

    Special guests on the new album are:
    Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Vinnie Moore (whose album, Time Odyssey was one of Jordan's first pro jobs), Greg Howe, Kip Winger and Daniel J (Jordan's protege) among others. Dave Larue contributes bass guitar and good friend Rod Morgenstein is back to play all the drums!

    Jordan Rudess - Rhythm Of Time Magna Carta “Dream Theater,” keyboardist Jordan Rudess and a slew of progressive-rock guitar gods navigate tricky time signatures on this high-flying production. At times, it’s difficult to discern whether it’s Rudess performing his synth lines or guitarists such as Greg Howe and Joe Satriani’s, high-tech – into the ozone – type leads. Essentially, Rudess is a speed demon on the keys. Occasionally, he interjects slick jazz grooves into the mix, but the thrust of this generally, soaring affair is rooted within his polytonal chord progressions, and layered orchestrations. And as we might expect, drummer Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs) handles the difficult pulses with chutzpah along with a whiz-bang approach to dynamics.
    Glenn Astarita

    "Was the two weeks Jordan Rudess spent locked in his studio working on this multi-metered, rockin' synth moonscape well-spent? No question. Ably assisted by neo-prog luminaries such as Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Kip Winger, Dave LaRue and Rod Morgenstein, Rudess has poured his legendary technical prowess and mastery of synth orchestration into the project. The result is a kaleidoscopic view into his endlessly inventive musical imagination, full of humor and licks that'll tear your head off. Did I mention the disc rocks?"
    KEYBOARD MAGAZINE September 2004

    Being more straightforward “rock” oriented than some of his prior work, Rhythm of Time almost departs a bit from his past neo-classical endeavors to create a more down to earth vibe. Recorded in as the opening track says, a “Time Crunch” prior to touring with Dream Theater, with the lack of time itself being the factor that might have helped this record from becoming too overproduced, literally letting the music speak for itself.
    Armed with his arsenal of guitarists, consisting of the Shrapnel Records gang, the Steve Morse Band, Satch, and guest vocalist Kip Winger, Rudess, having spend less than two weeks recording this plethora of analog synths, technical compositions, and solo upon solo, equally with equal pars of both keys and guitars, adding the progressive metal mantra to this record, but regardless of the thick guitar attack, this is Rudess’ record, being that it is a keyboardist’s record, however, we all know his playing, and we know what he does for Dream Theater.
    In the end, it’s Rudess strongest and most powerful solo work to date, bringing the sidemen more up front in the mix, gain giving Rhythm of Time the more down to earth rock vibe that makes for more satisfaction for guitar fans to enjoy as well as keyboardists.

    JORDAN RUDESS: Rhythm of Time (CD on Magna Carta Records) This release from 2004 offers 59 minutes of intense ecstasy. Jordan Rudess is the keyboardist from the band Dream Theater. Joining him on this release are: Joe Satriani, Kip Winger, Rod Morgenstein, Steve Morse, Vinnie Moore, Dave Larue, and Greg Howe. This music is forceful and frantic. Snarling guitars provide a electrifying and shimmering panorama of frenzied riffs. Hyperactive drums explode with relentless determination, achieving intricate rhythms of refined distinction. Bass rumbles and gushes with adhesive properties, bonding the mix into a fluid tide that refuses to be ignored. Two songs feature lyrics. But keyboards are the mandate instrument here. A versatile bevy of nimble-fingered keys swoop and escalate, describing energized melodies of cerebral appeal and breathless vibrancy. Velocities of incredible proportion are accomplished, made all the more impressive by their resolute dedication to attention-grabbing tuneage. Whether exploring progressive sensibilities or pursuing a kick-ass rock demeanor, the keyboards cook with inventive style. Dense organs capture a pontifical aura, then xylophonic rolls inject a frolicsome edge. Energized synthesizers generate a cosmic climate only to be swiftly grounded by earthy tones that condense a big-band sound into a passage that breaks into an expansive approximation of a volcanic eruption of dazzling harmonics. Eerie moments slide into festive expressions of global unity. The rate of change is fantastic in this music, yet the melodies retain a firm loyalty to impressing the listener with non-stop pinnacles of astounding scale.
    Matt Howarth

    As I’m writing this review, I put the CD in to refresh my thoughts about this latest offering from Dream Theater keyboard monster, Jordan Rudess, and the first thought is: "YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAH!!!!" I don’t have to say much more than that, this CD 'effin ROCKS. Without a doubt this CD is a massive improvvment from his last solo effort "Feeding the Wheel" in both song writing and production.
    The opening track, Time Crunch is a balls to the walls, in your face technical masterpiece. The album continues to impress as we go through killer tracks like, Screaming Head, Insectsamongus, and Ra. Jordan also shows us his ability in ballad type song writing, with Beyond Tomarrow, and Tears Before the Rain. Kip Winger makes an appearance on the two songs I just mentioned as well, and He does a fine job.
    The list of musicians guest appearing on this album:
    Joe Satriani
    Kip Winger
    Rod Morgenstein
    Steve Morse
    Vinnie Moore
    Dave LaRue
    Greg Howe

    This is a very Enjoyable album, you will not be disappointed. -Tony
    AIM: UncleTonyP

    Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboard player of Dream Theater with Rhythm Of Time being his second solo album on the Magna Carta label. Much like Derek Sherinian (whom he replaced in DT) Rudess has decided to call in some of the hottest guitar players to guest on the album. Lending their six string talents to the album reads like a "who's who" of modern rock guitar with solo spots from Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Steve Morse and Greg Howe. The bass guitar is courtesy of Steve Morse sidekick Dave LaRue, with drums coming from ex Winger drummer Rod Morgenstein whom Rudess has collaborated on numerous occassions.
    Stylistically Rhythm Of Time is sure to please any fan of Dream Theater. This is predominantly progressive instrumental music, yet although being keyboard driven has its fair share of guitar work. The keyboards as such take the place of vocals and in all honesty this material would work rather well were James LaBrie to provide vocals over. However, Kip Winger does crop up on vocals for 2 tracks.
    Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of Rhythm Of Time is that it was made a reality in 14 days before Jordan left to start Dream Theater's Train Of Thought world tour. The making of the album may well see the light of day on a 'making of' DVD; in the meantime on the CD there is an interview with Jordan about the making of the album.
    Modern technology played a big part in this album being completed, with guest musicians adding their solos at their home studios and then either emailing or snail mailing their parts back to Jordan. That the album sounds such a cohesive unit only goes to show the high caliber of all involved.
    Opener Time Crunch is begins with a fast tempo before settling into a more mid paced groove. Over the basic riff Jordan lays down numerous keyboard motifs before taking us through instrumental pastures that go from ambient to pure metal. Dream Theater fans will feel instantly at home here with the track being the closest on offer to the prog metal sound of Jordan's main gig. Vinnie Moore (UFO) provides guitar here and his first main solo sees restraint that mixes blues with jazz fusion licks before heading into some complex string skipping. A great opener that will make you want to explore the album further.
    Screaming Head is less metal and more rocked up jazz fusion with a slight funk feel. A basic riff lays the foundation for Rudess's keboard experimentations which see good use of the pitch wheel. The track does take a complete u turn for a dark gothic vibe before launching into the main melody once again. Guitar here comes courtesy of Joe Satriani and it has to be said his style of space age lead work is the perfect compliment to the track.
    Track 3 Insectamongous initially has a big Frank Zappa vibe to it. A quirky motif lays the foundation for a myriad of odd time signatures and bizarre musical twists. Zappa's own 'G spot Tornado' could be seen as similar turf to Insectamongous, but this is a little more accessible than Zappa's piece. Once you think you have the track summed up it launches into a big riff over which Joe Satriani throws done one of his most aggressive leads in several years. This fires Jordan up who lays down another impressive workout.
    Beyond Tomorrow sees the tempo and ambience drop considerably for the first vocal number on the album. Initially piano led this is soon enriched by some acoustic guitars (by newcomer Daniel J) and the warm vocal timbres of Kip Winger. This is just a great song - period. The track has a timeless quality about it and is as good as any of the slower numbers Dream Theater have produced; lead guitar here comes courtesy of Greg Howe.
    Track 5, Bar Hopping With Mr Picky has a futuristic vibe, thanks to lots of complex synth samples; many in the lowest bass registers which add an eerie space age quality to the track. The unmistakeable guitar work of Steve Morse (Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs) works well here with Morse's chromatic heavy style blending in well within Jordan's frameworks.
    What Four is home to another groovy vibe, partly due to the slap bass inflections. Yet again this is mixed with a darker vibe and the piano led motif at around the 1:10 mark is a nice contrast to what came before. Greg Howe contributes a pretty gonzo solo here, that is mixed a little lower than the other guitar solo breaks for some reason. This does not make for any production faux pas' as its still audible but I would have liked to have heard it a litte louder in the mix. Jordan compensates for this by laying down a short but great singing solo on his keyboard.
    Ra sees the Dream Theater "feel" come back into play with a good rocking riff that leads into an eastern tinged section, that then flys to Europe for some French sounding accordian work, before jetting back to Asia. Vinnie Moore throws down more solos full of string skipping and legato delights, and trades back and forth with Jordan - cool stuff. The rocking nature of this track takes a few spins to fully digest, but once digested tastes totally satisfying.
    The final track Tear Before The Rain (cool title) goes back to the vibe of Beyond Tomorrow and has a definite Pink Floyd feel to it; maybe due to Kip Winger sounding a little like Roger Waters. Regardless this is a sublime song with great structure, great melody, and great peformances from all involved (Kip Winger is a seriously underrated vocalist) and closes the album in fine style.
    What Jordan Rudess has served up with Rhythm Of Time is similar to what Derek Sherinian achieved with Black Utopia - that is a predominantly instrumental album that manages to hit all the right notes. However, the presence of two superb vocal tracks adds an additional element to Rhythm Of Time that gives it further strength. As mentioned in the track by track details there is a lot of variety here, although it never strays too far from what you are likely to hear in Dream Theater. Rudess doesn't get an awful lot of songwriting credits in DT, but Rhythm Of Time proves that he is now an integral part of the band, and I hope that he is able to get a few more of his ideas in on the next record.
    In summary, Rhythm Of Time is a worthy addition to any Progressive music fans collection.

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