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Jordan Rudess


Crossover Prog

3.19 | 42 ratings

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4 stars Wonderful collection of songs with great piano arrangements...

Well, if you already knew the work of Jordan Rudess, The Wizard, then you should be confident about this album. I know that many people don't like his sounds and patches, sometimes I feel he tries so hard... but when he's infront a proper piano, he shows why he is the ultimate and most capable keyboard player in the prog arena, and maybe one of the best musicians of our time... Yes, here we have a pure piano album, which seems a little weird in progressive rock, but this is it., a must have for a Dream Theater lover, for pianists lovers, for melodic lovers and even for those who cannot stand the so much called "show off" from DT...

You have a collection of slow and soft songs from DT -songs that are not meant for show off, very good selection of nice and warm pieces from their entire cathalogue-. Jordan rides his piano like a master, doing things that most of us, mortal humans, wishes to play at least at half speed... I am a keyboard player and find very though to keep me interest on most of rock music because the lack of creativity in the keyboards, but DT is great about it, and piano versions of their songs is the right thing to really understand the quality of the songs on itself along with the quality of musician Jordan is...

Is amazing to hear that Jordan can cover all the instruments with his piano skills... doing melody, harmony and even some percussion-like and bass line all at the same time. Guess there will be no better solo piano in centuries... and I mean it... of course, if you like DT this is for you... if you hate them, well this is also for you... there's no Metallica sound or Labrie singing... is pure and delightfull piano, with great selection of songs... the three original songs that jordan put in are not that great, maybe because it doesn't have a clear melody as the others, but still are interesting...

I put it 4 stars because will be weird to have a masterpiece without guitars on it... right...??? i think it diserves 5 stars... but taking care of the rest of musicians fans of drums and guitars... I give just 4 stars... Great album... very enjoyable...

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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