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Produced by J.D. Hopkins
Photos by Sue Buck,
Jayson Hopkins & Frank Singer
Layout by Sue Buck & Frank Singer
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by
Recorded at Midtown Recording
CD Duplication by FAR
[CDR Primera Bravo Disc Publisher]
Printing by Diane at PIP
Recorded on February 16, 2004
©2004 J.D. Records
Key of B -
Key of E -
live at forward hall
collective improvisation direct-to-disc
"It's cutting-edge muzak from God..."
"Music like this makes even celestial bodies lean in and listen"
"If your music was pumped through public sound systems all over, people would go around a lot healthier, happier, and with energy."
Recorded Live on February 16, 2004 at Forward Hall Concert Club, Erie Pennsylvania USA.
From the primordial depths comes a rhythm as deep as the Earth Herself, growing slowly as a chant sung first by one, then joined into a chorus. Like dawn's first breath, the rhythm sets the tone for what follows.
The song develops and themes emerge, with some taking flight and soaring into the brightness of the day. Spontaneous transitions take the experimental music where noone expected, and then the groove settles in like this was the intended destination. World-Beat meets Funk meets Jazz meets Rock in an ever-changing and evolving texture.
After this spontaneous foray into collective improvisation leads to a moment of conclusion, you find you are in a club watching and listening to J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm perform live, playing their brand of creative improvised music.
As they play, you find each journey is unique, yet the sensitivity and joyous aura of the musicians who play this music tie it together with themes, styles and sounds, showcasing the Sons of Rhythm sound. Six double-disc CDs recorded live in the studio by primarily the same group of players season the collaborations of the group, who merge ideas and change roles with ease and comfort.
In many ways the music comes in slow waves, building in intensity and then releasing, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. The players breathe the music in and out, and let this guide the movement. The moments of rest encapsulate the music, allowing for a time to clear the palate and open to something new. These times allow for exchanges of players and keys, and shape the presentation of the live performance and the recorded documentation of that performance.
Two full CDs of live, spontaneous, creative improvised music is the result. With the excellent recording facilities of Midtown Recording Studios literally connected to Forward Hall Concert Club, the technical side of the recording is first-rate. The sound is studio quailty without losing the live feel generated by the energy and synergy that cold February Erie evening.
This music will keep you jamming, and having fun. J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm play because they absolutely love to play. This format gives them the freedom to explore, stretch and create with their fellow musicians, and share it with everyone. You will love the result!
musicSUBMIT press release 10-2004
PA's J.D. and the Sons Of Rhythm
©2004 J.D. Records, Richard Carl Hopkins, All Rights Reserved
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