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Jordan Charles Rudess - Born November 4, 1956 (Great Neck, New York, USA)

Jordan Rudess is a classically trained keyboardist who entered the world of prog with the release of the album 'Listen' in 1993. It is a bombastic album full of various keyboard sounds, with many odd-time signatures and Jordan provides also his vocals to a couple of songs, being backed by a female vocalist. This album helped him being recognized as Best New Talent by the readers of the Keyboard magazine. At the same time, Jordan used to play with Annie Haslam from Renaissance and The Dixie Dregs, who reunited after 12 years for one last studio album 'Full circle' in 1994. Soon after The Dixie Dregs toured, Jordan and Dregs' drummer Rod Morgenstein formed a power duo 'The Rudess/Morgenstein project' who released a very good record on the Domo records label. Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater called him to join an instrumental project involving the legendary bassist Tony Levin and his bandmate John Petrucci on the guitar. This project was called Liquid Tension Experiment and lasted the time of two records, which are regarded as major records by fans of instrumental rock. After the keyboardist Derek Sherinian left the band DREAM THEATER, Jordan Rudess was asked to replace him. He released with them their highly acclaimed album 'Metropolis part II : scenes from a memory', then the controversed 'Six degrees of inner turbulence', the metal-driven 'train of thought' and the more symphonic 'Octavarium'. In the course of his collaboration with Dream Theater, Jordan released some solo albums on the Magna Carta label. 'Feeding the wheel' is an album that once more showcases his great skills on keyboard and piano, featuring a cast of great musicians among which Steve Morse and Terry Bozzio. '4NYC' is a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 of 2001 terrorist attack. This is a record featuring only him on keyboards. 'Rhythm of time' is in the vein of 'feeding the wheel' but leans more towards metal, due to the presence of Joe Satriani, Kip Winger, Greg Howe and Vinnie Moore. In a nutshell, Jordan Rudess is a progressive keyboardist who entered the hall of fame progressive artists such as patrick Moraz, Rick Wakeman and keith Emerson (all playing with him on a Magna Carta tribute to the Classic composers) thanks to a wide pallet of keyboard sounds and a virtuosity rarely reached in th...
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3.16 | 27 ratings
Listen
1993
2.70 | 12 ratings
Secrets Of The Muse
1997
2.00 | 8 ratings
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
1999
2.73 | 11 ratings
Resonance
1999
3.73 | 79 ratings
Feeding The Wheel
2001
2.97 | 27 ratings
4NYC
2002
2.19 | 12 ratings
Christmas Sky
2002
3.54 | 73 ratings
Rhythm Of Time
2004
3.21 | 90 ratings
The Road Home
2007
3.19 | 42 ratings
Notes On A Dream
2009
2.75 | 16 ratings
All That Is Now
2013
3.78 | 32 ratings
Explorations
2014
3.08 | 12 ratings
The Unforgotten Path
2015
3.67 | 3 ratings
Jordan Rudess & Steve Horelick: Intersonic
2017
3.45 | 35 ratings
Wired for Madness
2019

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3.71 | 9 ratings
Prime Cuts
2006

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2.33 | 3 ratings
Arrival (Cassette)
1988
1.00 | 1 ratings
Krump
2010

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 The Road Home by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.21 | 90 ratings

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Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by patrickq

2 stars The Road Home is an album of cover songs by Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Among the eight songs he reinterprets are three Yes and two Genesis songs, making this one especially interesting to me.

The strongest tunes here are the first three, 'Dance on a Volcano,' 'Sound Chaser,' and 'Just the Same.' Each adds some new interpretations to the original, although none is terribly interesting. Rudess, drummer Rod Morgenstein, and celebrity vocalists Neal Morse, Nick D'Virgilio, and Kip Winger - - all are technically very good, although the final results are a little clinical in my opinion.

Rudess's take on 'Tarkus' is OK; the problem for me is the choice of source material. Winger was the perfect choice to sing on the 'Battlefield' section - - who'd've thought? Of the non-cover song, 'Piece of the Pii' (which is how official sources tend to spell it), I'll just say that it's short and not as showboaty as it might've been.

My chief complaint, though, is with the piano medley. Mostly it consists of Rudess shoehorning about five times as many notes as needed into several classic prog-rock tunes. (To be fair, during 'I Talk to the Wind' it's only about three times.) Unlike 'Tarkus,' 'J.R. Piano Medley' has excellent song selection but poor realization. I saw Jordan Rudess play a solo concert once, and the guy is absolutely phenomenal. Technically, he must be in the same league as Wakeman and Emerson were in their respective primes. It just seems unnecessary to prove this, especially on a studio recording.

Speaking of using the studio to one's advantage, Rudess's vocals on 'I Talk to the Wind' are obviously sweetened, but why not? As others have pointed out, he's a decent singer (he even sang a verse or two at the concert I attended). But I guess his voice isn't suited for Dream Theater.

The Road Home is good for what it is: a chance for Rudess to pay homage to some of his all-time favorite progressive-rock songs and keyboardists - - and a chance to include an impressive roster of guitarists and singers as well. It was obviously a pet project for Rudess, and I think it's great that he reached a point in his career where he could record whatever he wanted, and have a nice album cover, without worrying what anyone else thought. It's cool that he can slip this one into the tape deck every once in a while.

Rudess's lack of concern for commercial appeal is refreshing, but it's resulted in an album that (perhaps not surprisingly) isn't very appealing. The Road Home is definitely one for Rudess fans and Dream Theater completists, but probably not many others.

 Wired for Madness by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.45 | 35 ratings

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Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by Ovidiu

3 stars Well,this is the new solo album for DREAM THEATER keyboard man!And I love it,especially because of the bunch of great guitar players that Mr Rudess managed to grab for his solo album!It's an album without surprises...very professional made....Jordan's voice is ok,nothing bad against it....but it lacks the spark from FEEDING THE WHEEL and RHYTHM OF TIME!It's far from being a bad album,no way,but it's a very decent and ordinary release,and to be honest,I had bigger expectations from our man!The sound,the production is awesome,the performance of the guests on the album is astonishing.....and that's all,folkes!It's good quality prog rock or metal sometimes ,a decent audition guaranteed!3.5 stars for me!
 Wired for Madness by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.45 | 35 ratings

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Review by Namya

5 stars All right. Jordan Rudess. I'm going to talk about my relationship through the years with his music making as to give a context, and because it's fun for me :D If you want to skip to the album review per se, go to the paragraph that starts with "The Review"

My first meeting with Jordan's music was when I bought my first Dream Theater cd in high school: the at-that- moment-just-released Scenes from a Memory. I flipped out. Dream Theater became my favorite band for years. I became totally mesmerized with their music.

Nowadays I am not such a big fan. I still find Awake quite the masterpiece, very original and my favorite of their records. I also have a place in my heart for (some songs) from Scenes from a Memory and Images and Words. But that's it. I usually can't stand anything they did from Six degrees of inner turbulence on, with some songs here and there being allright or cool, but never getting more than a couple of listens. I must admit it is mostly because of James Labrie, whose voice I get repulsed by (but does seem like a very nice man). A thing of tastes I guess.

I also discovered that I didn't like Jordan's take on the keyboards and especially composition. Even my favorite parts from Scenes from a Memory where composed with Derek Sherinian on board. So, my enthusiasm for him is low. Though I do admit his impeccable technique, I find his a million notes a second fills tiring. Again, I can't say a thing about him as a person: Very nice guy.

So in summary: Kevin Moore is my keyboardist in regards to Dream Theater. I find him simple, cool, to the point, and a great composer. Sad to say, I don't love his post DT work, just doesn't tickle me.

About Liquid Tension Experiment: I love three songs (especially Acid Rain, masterpiece) but that's it. Again Jordan doesn't add anything special for me.

As to Jordan's solo discography: Same opinion as above, it doesn't move me.

¿Why do I continue to listen to these guys then? Well, I don't usually. But last year I took my girlfriend to his solo concert because she loves piano and I thought "Hey, he's a brilliant player, let's see what happens". And lo and behold, it was a total pleasure: funny and cool (though Jordan, if you ask me, take it easy on those right hand fills). And he talked about his upcoming record, "Wired for Madness". He even, surprisingly for me, sang a song from it. And I liked it.

So, surprisingly, upon being released I was interested. And man, did I get a surprise! I find the album great. Let me repeat that: I really love it. Here's my review:

The Review: Again, I truly love this album. I was totally surprised by his inventiveness, variety and complexity. It's truly proggy music, with something that I find very scarce in prog usually: Real creativity. There are changes not only in tempo and timbres, but also in styles. This I adore. I find that prog has become a very stale genre, usually rehashing old Yes, Genesis, ELP, etc. But at the moment these bands were trailblazing, inventing new stuff every moment! Nowadays there are too many bands imitating them, not going forward. Dream Theater wasn't this way on their first records, and Jordan isn't here. I find his music fascinating. For the first time listening to him I love his timbres, his melodic vocals and over all his compositions. I love his constant changes, which is what I always look for in Prog. But in this case they are changes that make sense, that sound organic, that sound crazy but melodic. I like that he mixes genres, getting away from the sometimes confining prog metal of Dream Theater. He's got a good ear for mixing old sounding and new sounding keyboards, of inviting different styles of musicians, and even giving good hooks in his vocal lines. Yeah, he's not the best singer, but reminds me a little of an amateur Bowie, which is always a good comparison. And I like him better than Labrie, so Dream Theater, take note. I'm kidding, of course, I think Dream Theater is a thing unto itself, and it's just my taste. To each his own. (And as a side note, I didn't like Dream Theater's parallel record, Distance over Time).

I love the mixing because it's never overwhelming but it's always complex and fun. I find it is like 3d music: You can concentrate on the different lines playing on each other, and also on the great harmonies and progressions. So yeah, in summary, I love it. If I'd have to use a word to describe the sound it would have to be Psychedelic. It truly is a record that goes through the thousand colors you can see in the best trips.

I still have to fully digest Wired for Madness, and this will take months probably. The lyrics for example I haven't analyzed, but I don't care too much. As it is, it's perfect for me, and it won't change my opinion. I can already say that it is one of the best and most stimulating prog records I've heard in a couple of years. I don't usually take the time to review records, but when I find a gem that touches me I am compelled to do so. God knows I've heard so much music in my life (I'm an avid collector) and especially prog. I seldom get surprised and I as you can probably see, I am very intense in my lookout and expectations. This one gave me my fill (totally!), even through all my past experiences with Jordan. So, please, get a good sound system, put the record in the best possible quality, CD or FLAC, and give it a go. I think you will enjoy a totally rewarding ride. It is a beautiful manifestation of what we as humans can accomplish and what depths our art can get into.

I even love the cover! Which is the first Jordan Rudess solo cover I find not only acceptable but I actually dig.

Give it a go, you just might find something lovely. It's worth trying, right?

And hey, you know what? It isn't full of those lightning fast fills! Thanks man!

 Wired for Madness by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.45 | 35 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars It has been a long since the latest Jordan's solo album, he was pretty busy with other projects. This time he had the help of great musicians including his longtime friend James Labrie, John Petrucci and Marco Minnemann. It all starts in a big fashion with a 20 minutes title track that shows the versatility of Jordan and various styles of music from prog, classical, metal and a lot of Jazz. The song contains many twists and moods, a variety of keyboards/piano sounds, but also some space is left to the guitar bringing some heaviness. The vocals are present sparsely. If the first part of that song is more in a jazz style territory, the second part is more on the classical side with symphonic arrangements. James Labrie closes the song with his singing after a strong Keith Emerson passage from Jordan. And then the rest of the album falls down to keep the momentum of this first epic where the progressive side is replaced by a more standard type of music and too much light mood music for my taste. But it is still impressive to hear how talented is this musician.
 Wired for Madness by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.45 | 35 ratings

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Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars Jordan Rudess, a classically trained keyboardist, started out in 1993 with a solo album. That's all it took to be discovered and become a highly sought after keyboardist, and he ended up playing with bands like Dixie Dregs, Liquid Tension Experiment and, of course, he became the replacement for Derek Sherinian in the band Dream Theater with whom he released several albums before returning to his solo work.

His 15th solo album, released in April of 2019, is called "Wired for Madness". It is made up of 2 suites and 5 regular songs. Jordan provides vocals and keyboards for this album, but he has recruited several friends to help out on this album, namely Marco Minnemann on drums, James LaBrie on vocals, and Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Joe Bonamassa and John Petrucci all as guest guitarists. That's quite an impressive line-up.

The first track takes up the first suite called "Wired for Madness ? Part 1". This is a 3-part suite. The first section is called "Bring it On" and it features a wide array of tempos, meters, keyboard and guitar solos, but it all moves ahead and a smooth pace, changing from heavy prog to the big band sound at the end of the section. It is quite an introduction to what you can expect. "Out of Body" continues to show his compositional skills and his prowress as an amazing keyboardist, showing that he deserves to be up there with the greats like Emerson, Wakeman and others. The feel is complex, and continues to move from playful keyboard sections to heavy metal sections at the blink of an eye. The third section, "Lost Control", gives you a bit of a breather as things calm down and settle into a simpler melodic style with airy vocals. Halfway through, things get complex again starting with more playfulness which is interrupted by sudden bursts of heavy energy.

Where the first part of the title track is 11 minutes, the second part (which takes up the 2nd track) runs for around 20 minutes and has a lot more sections and is called, of course, "Wired for Madness ? Part 2". A quick 30 second introductory track called "Entering Delirium" starts it off with dark, robotic effects. "The Other Side" begins with some interesting harmonized vocal effects and soon moves into a nice, progressive, organ led section. Synths and other keyboards keep things going. The brightness gives way to a darker sound by the end of the section, moving into "Chaotic Chaos", which begins with a lusher sound and the return of vocals. The moderately tempo-ed section seems a bit contrived, but 70's styled keyboards take over in a very progressive and cinematic instrumental break, which later turns into a "Humoresque" of sorts before turning progressive again. "Angels in the Sky" also starts off with a softer lush section and vocals, almost continuing the vocals from the previous section and sounding very similar. Things get even more cinematic in this section, including even a choir effect. "I'll Be Waiting" starts immediately with female vocals and the continuing lushness. Rudess is definitely talented, but also tends to have the same occasional drawbacks of his influences in that, like both Emerson and Wakeman, tends to fall to contrived and over-the-top sections. That seems to happen in this part of the title track more than it did in the first part. "Human Kaleidoscope" features a more complex and changing sound, from piano rhapsodies to fusion guitar to big band styles, it covers all of the textures that it can in 5 minutes before moving on to the last section "Infinite Overdose". This section calms back down again with female vocals. LaBrie lends his vocals on this section also, which are definitely designed for the climatic ending of the suite.

At this point in the album, the following tracks are shorter form tracks. "Off the Ground" is led by piano and vocals with a more standard rock ballad sound. Guthrie Govan provides a guitar solo during the instrumental break. "Drop Twist" begins with an electronic sound. When the rhythm kicks in, it turns into a keyboard extravaganza with plenty of progressive elements. This is like "Liquid Tension Experiment" with keyboards being the main element, a complex and ever changing instrumental. "Perpetual Shine" offers more of the same, this time with a funkier element, and a bit more guitar and bass. "Just Can't Win" is a rock/blues oriented number with brass effects and a synth and guitar solo in the instrumental break. The vocals aren't very convincing for the type of song that it is. There is also a rolling piano solo at the end. "Just for Today" is a piano led ballad with airy vocals. It is quite straightforward with an Alan Parsons Project feel. "Why I Dream" ends the album with a more progressive, jazz fusion style with vocals that roll along with the smooth sound of the music. The jazz piano sound during the first instrumental break is great and more intensity later brings in a synth-guitar duet in a call and response style before the lyrics come back.

Most of the progressiveness of this album happens in the 2 part, title track suites. It is done very well except for the part that kind of lags in the middle of the 2nd part. The individual tracks that come after are less progressive with 3 of them being standard pop/rock while the other 3 are a bit more complex, but not as much as the title track. The stronger tracks are excellent while the more standard tracks are a bit boring. It all evens out to a good 3 star album, great music, but not essential.

 Explorations by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.78 | 32 ratings

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Explorations
Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by Proto-Apollo

4 stars

Many of the pieces on this recording are tremendous. Of special note is the piano solo Shouri Now, Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra (especially the first movement) and Over the Edge.

With today's technology, great artists like Jordan Rudess are able to write and record orchestral music without the need to engage an orchestra. Whether this is good or not is a worthwhile debate. However pieces like Explorations may well not exist were it not for our thirst for new technology. The cost of hiring and recording symphony orchestra may have been an insurmountable obstacle for this release. Written in what I term the neo- romantic style, Explorations runs close to the traditional piano concerto format. It contains many of the elements made famous by composers such as Stravinsky, Debussy, and Prokofief. Mr. Rudess plays with an unrivaled technical ease. His orchestrations are rich and invigorating.

the solo piano piece Shouri Now is amazing. It displays the drive, passion and inventiveness of the solo piano works of such progressive giants as Keith Emerson and Patrck Moraz, with ever shifting time signatures and blazing virtuosity.

Over the Edge brings the same sensibility to his digital orchestra, shifting suddenly from one idea to another with a carelessness with feels almost improvisational.

On the down side I felt Screaming Head merely exposed the limitations of the wonderful tools used to make the record by making a direct comparison to the original rock recording of the same piece, It sounds to me like a poor imitation.

The two ballads, the Untouchable Truth and a Pledge to You are pleasing but don't separate Mr. Rudess from other artists the way the other works do. His harmonies are more traditional and not colorful enough for my taste.

Lastly, In a few brief sections, a traditional drum set was used (or a digital facsimile thereof). It seemed out of place in this traditional classical format and I found it distracting.

All in all, Explorations is a testament to artistic excellence and great gift. And I am sure I will listen to it as long as my ears hear.

Thank you Jordan Rudess!

 Rhythm Of Time by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.54 | 73 ratings

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Rhythm Of Time
Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Jordan Rudess' prolific years continue with 2002, a new album (''Six degrees of inner turbulence'') and a tour with Dream Theater and two solo works, one inspired by Christmas (''Christmas sky'') and one dedicated to the victims of 9/11 New York terrorist attack (''4NYC'').In 2003 he records another album with Dream Theater, ''Train of thought'', which finds the band in a switch towards very heavy sounds, and later he focused on another Prog-inspired solo work.For the album ''Rhythm of time'' he established a regular rhythm section with Dave LaRue on bass and Rod Morgenstein on drums and invited some of the finest guitarists to help him: Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse, Vinnie Moore and Daniel Jakubovic.The album was released in 2004 on Magna Carta.

It's not an excess to say that the tracks presented here are well adapted to the style of the invited guitarists and Ruddess' duo with each of them makes a stylistical entry of his own.For example the pieces featuring Vinnie Moore and Joe Satriani are the more virtuosic ones, again somewhere between the sound of DREAM THEATER and LIQUID TENSION EXPERIENT, with a strong nod to Fusion and many references to Classical and Electronic Music, Film Scores and extreme Prog Metal.Great music with complex instrumental twists, endless breaks and tempo changes, swirling around Heavy Rock pounds, symphonic atmospheres and technical Fusion, without doubt closing the works of former DREAM THEATER keyboardist DEREK SHERINIAN.Guitarist Greg Howe is featured in a couple of pieces, which still retain the high quality of musicianship, but both are more symphonic with evident Classical interludes and a more pompous sound akin to 70's Prog Rock monsters, albeit with a modern touch.Great music again, fronted by more melodious themes but also nice isolated performances.''Beyond tomorrow'' features also Kip Winger on vocals.With Steve Morse on his side Ruddess has the chance to offer more playful themes, his alternation on keyboard excess along with Morse's more rockin' guitar vibes offer a less heavy or guitar-colored music, Morse of course needs only a couple of minutes to shine on his solos, but Ruddess is the main hero on these cuts with a manifest of keyboard tricks and moves with a jazzy and Classical taste.The closing piece ''Tear before the rain'' is a different fruit, a soft piano-driven AOR ballad with Winger on vocals and Ruddess on piano, creating a melancholic and emotional farewell.

Another strong attempt by Ruddess on virtuosic, technical but always well-executed Heavy/Prog Rock with focus on keyboard and guitar interactions.Love it at moments, this comes definitely strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 The Road Home by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.21 | 90 ratings

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The Road Home
Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Keyboard speed merchant Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater; The Dregs) assembled an impressive guest list for his '07 covers album, paying enthusiastic tribute to the Prog Rock heroes of our collective adolescence. Neal Morse and Nick D'Virgilio from Spock's Beard were both on hand; so were Ed Wynne (of Ozric Tentacles) and the ubiquitous Steve Wilson, plus several other players who weren't Tony Levin (the celebrated Stick Man must have had another dozen sessions scheduled that day...)

The good news here is the material itself. Honestly, who among us wouldn't leap at the chance to hear this all-star roster rummaging through the back catalogues of Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, and ELP? That instant familiarity is the ace up the album's sleeve: no effort is required to get into the music, especially when so little apparent effort went into the actual arrangements.

And that's the not-so-good news. These new versions stick uncomfortably close to the originals, typically adding little interpretation beyond (no surprise here) a lot of virtuoso soloing. Otherwise the structure of each selection is more or less intact, and too bad: a challenging song like "Sound Chaser" is crying out for an unexpected facelift.

"You better start doing it right", sings Neal Morse in "Dance On a Volcano", and it's a pity Rudess didn't take that admonition more to heart. Jon Anderson's mournful ballad "Soon", performed here as part of an extended solo piano medley, is a model of ostentatious over- embellishment, leading directly into a flamboyant abbreviation of "Supper's Ready", located on a scale of keyboard tackiness somewhere between Rick Wakeman and Liberace, minus only the candelabra. And the extended solo guitar spot during "Free Hand" only shows how resistant the music of Gentle Giant is to this kind of adaptation.

It's all fun stuff to be sure, and totally self-indulgent in a not altogether bad way: these guys have serious chops, and aren't ashamed to show them off. But it's too bad even a small crumb of subtlety wasn't included in their instrumental menu. With a little more nuance and a lot less grandstanding, Rudess and company might have touched real magic.

Still: it would be hard for anyone who grew up with this music not to respond to the dynamic production, and all the performance machismo. At its worst the album presents little more than a clinical display of cold virtuosity. But at its best it's an affectionate, often forthright stroll down memory lane.

 Rhythm Of Time by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.54 | 73 ratings

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Rhythm Of Time
Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Rhythm of time from 2004 issued at same Magna Carta is somehow a more excentric release then Feeding the wheel, here Rudess playes and explore lots of sythesizer sounds, whwre he can really show us what he can do with this instrument. A perfect example is Insectsamongus avery jazzy dominated by Rudess's keyboards, but aswell some good druming here. The album is quite more edgy with heavy parts more accentuated then on Feeding the wheel, the lighter moments almost gone taken place by some more elaborated and complex arrangements. The album overall is ok, even great but I think is little to long. Aagain some top notch musicians involved here, among others Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani or Steve Morse. Alternating heavy sections like first 3 pieces with more mellower passages as on Beyond tomorrow, Rudess come with a good album but I don't think is fantastic and is less intresting, at least for me then Feeding the wheel. I like very much the pieces Bar Hopping With Mr Picky , What four or Ra, very smooth and energic tune full of great moements. Very good are the keybords heere, experimental passges that goes very well in this context. IMO I find Rudess in his solo albums more intresting then most of DT albums he appear (with exception Scene from a memory), here he has more space , the music is jazzier and is more enjoyble to my ears, then the same keyboards passages he offers on some DT albums. Let's say 4 stars , not really a four but this time I'll go with this rate.
 Feeding The Wheel by RUDESS, JORDAN album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.73 | 79 ratings

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Feeding The Wheel
Jordan Rudess Crossover Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Everybody intrested in prog music knows who is Jordan Rudess, so I will skip the brief bio about him. Since 1993 he has a solo career under his name releasing over the years I guess 10 albums. Feeding the wheel from 2001 issued at Magna carta is , at least for me the best album he ever done under his name. Helped by a bunch of well known musicins like Steve Morse, Terry Bozzio, John Petrucci his mate from DT and the great bassist Billy Sheehan he manage to come with a solid jazz fuison album of the lighter kind in some parts but aswell fueld with some edgy moments eswell. The pieces goes from more uptempo with blisterning keybords like on Quantum soup and inventive solos to a more relaxed atmosphere as on Shifting sands, what a great and smooth piece. The album explores a wide variety of keybords layers, where Rudess feels free to show what he can do with this instrument. I personaly thinks that this is quite a diffrent affair face what he does in DT, here he can and succeded to combine very well the fusion side of prog with keybords wizardy, something as LTE for instance. This is no prog metal like I used to hear him in DT, this album offers a great prog/jazz fusion with symphonic passages well performed with some awesome ideas overall. 4 stars
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