Rudess, Jordan - 4NYC

Year of Release: 2002
Label: self-released
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 58:06:00

4NYC alt coverJordan Rudess and the Magna Carta label did their part in giving America back a little faith after the horror of September 11th. Rudess wasted no time after the event and got onstage September 24th to perform some excellent slices of rock-progressive-classical music at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center (the live tracks are indicated with *). You get nearly a 50/50 split between live and studio tracks on 4NYC. Rudess recorded some tracks in his home studio while the live cuts were all improvised using a 9-foot Steinway, Kurzweil 2600 and Korg Karma. Since the release of the CD, part of the proceeds generated from the sale of this album has gone to the 9/11 survivors fund via the American Red Cross.

Rudess, known for his roles with Dream Theater and David Bowie most recently, has been a true innovator of the keyboards. His diversity and flexibility with all things electronic allow him to create a literal keyboard, synthesizer, computer generated show that is both delightful and listenable to a wide range of listeners from classical to rock. His formal classical training at the Julliard School of Music comes through loud and clear in the solo spotlight, unencumbered by the band structure or any other instruments. While he is a fantastic component of any musical adventure he takes part in, this solo flight puts an entirely different spin on his abilities as a performer and artisan.

Like the keyboards and electronic wizardry? This is a tremendous example of what happens when artist is sincere for a good cause. Get it for the music and everything it stands for, you will be glad you did.

My Thoughts* (2:10) / If I Could (7:07) / A Step Beyond* (4:12) / Outcast (4:24) / Lamp Chops* (2:39) / Within (5:32) / One Voice* (3:48) / Real Time* (3:23) / Mourning After (6:05) / Darkness To Day* (5:32) / Speed As Light* (3:34) / On My World (5:56) / For You (5:45)

* live

Jordan Rudess - 9-foot Steinway, Kurzweil 2600, Korg Karma

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Genre: Various Genres

Origin US

Added: March 22nd 2004
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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