Rhythm Of TimeAUDIO CLIPS (Coming Soon)
01 Time Crunch mp3
02 Screaming Head mp3
03 Insectsamongus mp3
04 Beyond Tomorrow mp3
05 Bar Hopping With Mr Picky mp3
06 What Four mp3
07 Ra mp3
08 Tear Before The Rain mp3
OTHER RELEASES FROM JORDAN RUDESS
Feeding The Wheel
Rhythm Of Time
back to the Jordan Rudess Artist Page
Brand new solo CD
Jordan is the keyboardist with Dream Theater. The initial 5000 copies
Rhythm Of Time include a bonus video "The Making Of The Rhythm Of Time";
well as 2 bonus audio tracks playable on the PC which are exclusive to
US edition of the album.
Special guests on the new album are:
Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Vinnie Moore (whose album, Time Odyssey
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
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
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
Occasionally, he interjects slick jazz grooves into the mix, but the
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.
"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,
Winger, Dave LaRue and Rod Morgenstein, Rudess has poured his legendary
technical prowess and mastery of synth orchestration into the project.
result is a kaleidoscopic view into his endlessly inventive musical
imagination, full of humor and licks that'll tear your head off. Did
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
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
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
technical compositions, and solo upon solo, equally with equal pars
keys and guitars, adding the progressive metal mantra to this record,
regardless of the thick guitar attack, this is Rudess’ record, being
is a keyboardist’s record, however, we all know his playing, and we
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
the more down to earth rock vibe that makes for more satisfaction for
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
this release are: Joe Satriani, Kip Winger, Rod Morgenstein, Steve
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
relentless determination, achieving intricate rhythms of refined
distinction. Bass rumbles and gushes with adhesive properties, bonding
mix into a fluid tide that refuses to be ignored. Two songs feature
But keyboards are the mandate instrument here. A versatile bevy of
nimble-fingered keys swoop and escalate, describing energized melodies
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
a frolicsome edge. Energized synthesizers generate a cosmic climate
be swiftly grounded by earthy tones that condense a big-band sound
passage that breaks into an expansive approximation of a volcanic eruption
of dazzling harmonics. Eerie moments slide into festive expressions
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.
As I’m writing this review, I put the CD in to refresh my thoughts
this latest offering from Dream Theater keyboard monster, Jordan Rudess,
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
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
shows us his ability in ballad type song writing, with Beyond Tomarrow,
Tears Before the Rain. Kip Winger makes an appearance on the two songs
just mentioned as well, and He does a fine job.
The list of musicians guest appearing on this album:
This is a very Enjoyable album, you will not be disappointed.
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.
like Derek Sherinian (whom he replaced in DT) Rudess has decided to
some of the hottest guitar players to guest on the album. Lending their
string talents to the album reads like a "who's who" of modern
with solo spots from Joe Satriani, Vinnie Moore, Steve Morse and Greg
The bass guitar is courtesy of Steve Morse sidekick Dave LaRue, with
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
keyboard driven has its fair share of guitar work. The keyboards as
take the place of vocals and in all honesty this material would work
well were James LaBrie to provide vocals over. However, Kip Winger
up on vocals for 2 tracks.
Perhaps one of the most remarkable aspects of Rhythm Of Time is that
made a reality in 14 days before Jordan left to start Dream Theater's
Of Thought world tour. The making of the album may well see the light
on a 'making of' DVD; in the meantime on the CD there is an interview
Jordan about the making of the album.
Modern technology played a big part in this album being completed,
guest musicians adding their solos at their home studios and then either
emailing or snail mailing their parts back to Jordan. That the album
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
mid paced groove. Over the basic riff Jordan lays down numerous keyboard
motifs before taking us through instrumental pastures that go from
to pure metal. Dream Theater fans will feel instantly at home here
track being the closest on offer to the prog metal sound of Jordan's
gig. Vinnie Moore (UFO) provides guitar here and his first main solo
restraint that mixes blues with jazz fusion licks before heading into
complex string skipping. A great opener that will make you want to
the album further.
Screaming Head is less metal and more rocked up jazz fusion with a
funk feel. A basic riff lays the foundation for Rudess's keboard
experimentations which see good use of the pitch wheel. The track does
a complete u turn for a dark gothic vibe before launching into the
melody once again. Guitar here comes courtesy of Joe Satriani and it
be said his style of space age lead work is the perfect compliment
Track 3 Insectamongous initially has a big Frank Zappa vibe to it.
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
to Insectamongous, but this is a little more accessible than Zappa's
Once you think you have the track summed up it launches into a big
which Joe Satriani throws done one of his most aggressive leads in
years. This fires Jordan up who lays down another impressive workout.
Beyond Tomorrow sees the tempo and ambience drop considerably for the
vocal number on the album. Initially piano led this is soon enriched
acoustic guitars (by newcomer Daniel J) and the warm vocal timbres
Winger. This is just a great song - period. The track has a timeless
about it and is as good as any of the slower numbers Dream Theater
produced; lead guitar here comes courtesy of Greg Howe.
Track 5, Bar Hopping With Mr Picky has a futuristic vibe, thanks to
complex synth samples; many in the lowest bass registers which add
space age quality to the track. The unmistakeable guitar work of Steve
(Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs) works well here with Morse's chromatic heavy
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
motif at around the 1:10 mark is a nice contrast to what came before.
Howe contributes a pretty gonzo solo here, that is mixed a little lower
the other guitar solo breaks for some reason. This does not make for
production faux pas' as its still audible but I would have liked to
heard it a litte louder in the mix. Jordan compensates for this by
down a short but great singing solo on his keyboard.
Ra sees the Dream Theater "feel" come back into play with a good
riff that leads into an eastern tinged section, that then flys to Europe
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
this track takes a few spins to fully digest, but once digested tastes
The final track Tear Before The Rain (cool title) goes back to the
Beyond Tomorrow and has a definite Pink Floyd feel to it; maybe due
Winger sounding a little like Roger Waters. Regardless this is a sublime
song with great structure, great melody, and great peformances from
involved (Kip Winger is a seriously underrated vocalist) and closes
album in fine style.
What Jordan Rudess has served up with Rhythm Of Time is similar to
Derek Sherinian achieved with Black Utopia - that is a predominantly
instrumental album that manages to hit all the right notes. However,
presence of two superb vocal tracks adds an additional element to Rhythm
Time that gives it further strength.
As mentioned in the track by track details there is a lot of variety
although it never strays too far from what you are likely to hear in
Theater. Rudess doesn't get an awful lot of songwriting credits in
Rhythm Of Time proves that he is now an integral part of the band,
hope that he is able to get a few more of his ideas in on the next
In summary, Rhythm Of Time is a worthy addition to any Progressive