JORDAN RUDESS

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Jordan Rudess (born Jordan Charles Rudes on November 4, 1956) is an American keyboardist best known as a member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater and the progressive rock supergroup Liquid Tension Experiment.

Rudess was born in 1956 into a Jewish family. He was recognized by his 2nd grade teacher for his piano playing and was immediately given professional tuition. At nine, he entered the Juilliard School of Music Pre-College Division for classical piano training, but by his late teens he had grown increasingly interested in synthesizers and progressive rock music. Against the counsel of his parents and tutors, he turned away from classical piano and tried his hand as a solo progressive rock keyboardist. After performing in various projects during the 1980s, he gained international attention in 1994 when he was voted Best New Talent in the Keyboard Magazine readers' poll after the release of his Listen solo album.
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JORDAN RUDESS Listen album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Listen
Metal Related 1993
JORDAN RUDESS Secrets Of The Muse album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Secrets Of The Muse
Metal Related 1997
JORDAN RUDESS Resonance album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Resonance
Metal Related 1999
JORDAN RUDESS A Christmas Carol album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
A Christmas Carol
Metal Related 1999
JORDAN RUDESS Feeding The Wheel album cover 3.25 | 4 ratings
Feeding The Wheel
Metal Related 2001
JORDAN RUDESS Christmas Sky album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Christmas Sky
Metal Related 2002
JORDAN RUDESS Rhythm Of Time album cover 3.77 | 5 ratings
Rhythm Of Time
Progressive Metal 2004
JORDAN RUDESS The Road Home album cover 2.73 | 5 ratings
The Road Home
Metal Related 2007
JORDAN RUDESS Notes On A Dream album cover 3.60 | 5 ratings
Notes On A Dream
Metal Related 2009
JORDAN RUDESS All That Is Now album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
All That Is Now
Metal Related 2013
JORDAN RUDESS Explorations album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Explorations
Metal Related 2014

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JORDAN RUDESS 4NYC album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
4NYC
Metal Related 2002

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JORDAN RUDESS Arrival album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Arrival
Metal Related 1988
JORDAN RUDESS Rudess / Morgenstein Project album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Rudess / Morgenstein Project
Metal Related 1997
JORDAN RUDESS An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess album cover 4.58 | 2 ratings
An Evening With John Petrucci & Jordan Rudess
Metal Related 2000
JORDAN RUDESS Rudess / Morgenstein Project: The Official Bootleg album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Rudess / Morgenstein Project: The Official Bootleg
Metal Related 2001

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JORDAN RUDESS Prime Cuts album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Prime Cuts
Metal Related 2006

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JORDAN RUDESS The Road Home

Album · 2007 · Metal Related
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Lynx33
Jordan Rudess has been around for more than 20 years in the prog-scene but I must admit I have always been on the verge of commenting his musical efforts as butteflying between some eclectic-crossover prog, jazz rock-fusion and progressive metal. Sometimes I strongly have the feeling that his true nature manifests itself only in his solo efforts, his deeds often get crossed in DT where the stress falls on metal-in-prog rather than artistic purety. However, while Jordan's professional pianism has never been and never will be demanded nor his technical background knowledge, his solo thingies vary in every sense. Some seem half finished, some seem full or lacking of emotion, some seem to be too much into some amateruish-jazz things, and some seem very far from what great music can be created by simple weaving pianistic sounds together, quirkied, ramified and chromatically structured. While he can realize albums like the two superb ones with R. Morgenstein and LTE, and he is in the position to create almost anything he likes and to get circumvallated by such good musicians like the ones here, he can make such albums like his Christmas cd, Feeding the wheel, Notes on a Dream, which are without any depth, and void in a whole. This album about covering prog-works from the past is quite the same. Only one thing can come everyone's mind putting on this record: Why make things again and again? With Dance on the Volcano, Sound Chase etc. needing no introduction and being piled up with the Pi-thing and the Piano medley, this album still lacks of any originality, simply it turns the originals out of their magfnifying and histrocial skin, adding some jazz touched-improvised-like things into their lines of inside. Tarkus, which is quite a long but good one en originale, is the low tide. As said before, technically is okay, musicians are very shaped, but in vain, it is empty. No more words just two stars.

JORDAN RUDESS Rhythm Of Time

Album · 2004 · Progressive Metal
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Andyman1125
The wizard strikes again.

Jordan Rudess is a well known keyboardist. Playing keys for two very well known Prog Metal acts, Dream Theater and Liquid Tension Experiment, and also for the famed proggers Dixie Dregs way back when, he has had ample opportunity to show off his incredible talent and affinity for electronic synthesizer sounds. Well, on Rhythm of Time, the wizard has done it again. Full of eclectic sounds, feels, genres, and some great trippy keyboard sounds, the album is a Rudess treat. Incredible musicianship is really the main factor in making the sounds mesh together and sound like a cohesive piece of music, and he pulls it off fantastically. And it's not only him. He gets together a great bunch of guys to record this album, including Joe Satriani, Rod Morgenstein, and Steve Morse. The album sets you down the path of the mind of Rudess and his crazy keyboard wizardry.

Time Crunch hits you square in the face early on with some trippy old synth effects and some smashing back tracks and polyrhythmic fun, a la Rod Morgenstein. Rudess really weaves in and out quite fluidly with different sounds and voices with this one, with some great dynamic and part changes working to his great advantage. A strong electronica feel is all throughout the song, with some slower trippier breakdowns and great part changes. The solo section is a great treat, switching between keyboard madness and more mellow guitar soloing effortlessly. Overall, this track is as strong an intro as ever, opening the Rhythm of Time with a screaming head (nice transition, eh?).

Screaming Head is a great rocking track with some mixing of all of Rudess other projects into one great song. Some jazzy instrumentation and some cool keys solos within. The dynamic and part changes are cool and creative, switching from quick and bopping to slow and mischievous with great ease. Some of the keyboard voices seem a little cheesy but almost sound right with Rudess' crazy playing. Again he makes the switches between keys and guitar solos seem like nobody's business and makes the whole song flow fantastically.

Insects Among Us is, simply stated, weird. An interesting little keyboard riffing piece is heard as an intro to the 9 minute track that breaks into some very jazzy instrumentation. I'm not saying the song is bad, because it for certain isn't and is actually quite a gem of the album. It is definitely the jazziest song on the album, with even some straight jazz solos by Rudess, switching up the pace of the album and a lot and adding a great many facets of musical diversity to the album. Overall another strong effort by Rudess on so far a very strong album.

Beyond Tomorrow vastly changes the pace of the album to a more sincere ballad like pace. It is the first vocal track on the album, using some compassionate vocal melodies and carefully crafted harmonies with the piano and backing rhythms. The whole song is very chill and relaxed, displaying yet another facet of Rudess' great musical diversity. The song uses some great instrumentation and soloing in the instrumental section with some really cool sounds and voices to boot. Overall, the song slows the album down a lot and shows Rudess more compassionate side, ending with some really cool instrumentation and experimentation.

Bar Hopping with Mr. Picky is just like the title makes it seem, a really fun jazzy solo song between bass, keyboards, and guitar. The song uses some fantastic polyrhythmic feels and exploration. The guitar solos and keyboard solos are right out of this world, with some really amazing experimentation and psychedelic instrumentation.

What Four is a cool eclectic song with the use of a huge variety of voices and feels. Again Morgenstein brings us some really amazing polyrhythmic feels and some great jazzy rhythms to back Rudess bombastic and insane playing style. You can really see the chemistry these two insanely talented musicians have together. The whole ride of the instruments gives you a great feeling, just like all the other insanely strong tracks on the album.

Ra is a really cool ethnic jam. It uses even more keyboard voices than before, implementing a lot more ethnic and predictably "Egyptian" sounding voicing. Some really cool soloing and instrumentation is all about the track, showing Rudess' ethnic side and yet again another facet of his highly diverse musical influence.

Tear Before the Rain is the second vocal track and the second soft and compassionate ballad. The song is purely beautiful song, implementing delicate melodies and careful piano playing traditional to Jordan's style. The lyrics are actually quite moving, despite the whole album being an instrumental effort. Rudess' delicate composition is truly a gem on the album, with some of the most sincere playing on the album, rather than truly cheesy synthesizer voices and sounds. Bravo, Mr. Rudess, bravo.

ALBUM OVERALL: Rhythm of Time is an almost difficult album to rate. The album has such a wide variety of styles and feels, from metal to jazz to ballad to classical, you almost can't give it a concise, accurate rating with all of Rudess' crazy playing and great musical diversity. He uses so many different voices and sounds that the music at times a just a mesh of psychedelic sounds and at others an absolutely beautiful display of Rudess's skill. Overall, the album is an extremely strong effort and one of Rudess' best solo works. 4+ stars.

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