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.
Time is the second CD from 7 for 4, a German instrumental band. Similar to the first album, all the tracks except one are instrumentals. The guest vocalist is Conny Kreitmeier on "Where Are You Now". The liner notes describe this album to be a mixture of Latin, Country, Classic, and Metal. Although still very enjoyable, this isn't quite up the the high level they set with their debut.
This concert was recorded in Budapest in April this year on the final show of the European tour in support of Hackett's most recent album 'To Watch The Storms'. It combines songs from across his career including classic Genesis tracks like 'Blood On The Rooftops' and 'Firth Of Fifth', early solo material like 'Ace Of Wands' and 'Spectral Mornings' and more recent tracks such as 'Mechanical Bride' and 'Darktown'. The evening ends appropriately with the old Genesis showstopper 'Los Endos'.
Former NBA All Star baller, Wayman Tisdale has done it again with this smooth jazz CD release Hang Time.Showing once again that he is at the top of his game, and in top form. Thumping out smooth jazz tracks one right after the other.If you've not yet been introduced to Wayman Tisdale, the musician, this would be a great CD for you to get acquainted with him through.
More than any other improvising artist during the past 45 years,the pianist/composer/bandleader Dave Brubeck (b. 1920) has expanded the rhythmic boundaries of Jazz, while creating a body of work that is notable for its consistent levels of melodic content and harmonic invention. Recorded between 1959 and 1965, this five-disc set captures the Brubeck quartet, featuring the floating alto saxophone of Paul Desmond (composer of the million-selling "Take Five"), at the peak of their powers.