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14 collective improvisations on 2 discs

improvised world-jazz fusion

Themes of funky introspection, free-jazz-fusion and swing, inside and outside, are stated, stretched and experimented with on this J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm CD set. Funky grooves with earth-tones of World-Beat erupt into free-jazz textures and rhythmic modulations as the musicians develop and explore this music.

The live sessions include J.D. Hopkins and sons Jayson and Rickie, and bass, guitars, keyboard, sax and trumpet. Bassists David Blaetz, Tony Stefanelli and Kenny Cornelius take turns, guitar regulars Mike Ohm and Sheldon Peterson are sometimes joined by newcomer Joe Frisina, and guitarist, keyboardist and guitar-synth player Frank Singer joins in for most of the tracks. J.D. and Sons add horns for the first time, with Phil Papotnik on sax and flute and Chad Garrison on trumpet. Singer and Papotnik overdub parts on three cuts above the drums and electronic percussion of the Hopkins family rhythm section.

The sound of J.D. AND THE SONS OF RHYTHM is organic. It is what music is before composers, arrangers, lyricists, critics, academics and others shape it to their will. This is the raw substance of music, born in and of the musicians who play it. It is what it is.

We hope you enjoy it.


CROSSING OCEANS OF TIME, 14 tracks of music on 2 discs.


disk 1

1: 6/8 Lullaby
2: Eric Dolphy
3: Heavy Metal
4: Randy's Dream
5: Blaetz Runner
6: Straight Ahead
7: 25th and Peach

disk 2

8: Phil's Phunk
9: Flight 54
10: Russian Lullaby
11: What's up?
12: Headhunter
13: Struttin' again
14: Post Modern World

the players

J.D. Hopkins
Rickie Hopkins
Jayson Hopkins
Tony Stefanelli
Kenny Cornelius
David Blaetz
Mike Ohm
Sheldon Peterson
Joe Frisina
Phil Papotnik
Chad Garrison
Frank Singer


Produced by J.D. Hopkins
Cover Art by J.D. Hopkins
Cover Layout by Mark Saunders
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by
    Randy Hetherington
Recorded at Midtown Recording
CDR Duplication by FAR

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