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Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« on: July 04, 2018, 03:45:37 PM »
I recently posted my feelings how Dream Theater is not the same band since Mike Portnoy left. As with most teams (music & sports), when the star leaves, he is replaced. Everyone is replaceable; perhaps with the exception of Derek Jeter. The result could be positive of negative. For me, Mike Portnoy leaving DT was negative; they are just different now. They are missing something.

On the other hand, Kevin Moore the keyboardist on "Images and Words" and "Awake" (considered by many as DT's best album) suddenly left the band and his replacement Derek Sherinian lasted one studio album. Then along came Jordan Rudess, a Julliard prodigy, and an incredible player. Jordan just killed both earlier DT keyboardists, and his presence greatly improved the band. This time, a replacement in DT was definitely a positive one and Jordan's impact on "Scenes from a Memory" put DT back on the map of great progressive rock bands. And it has continued to the present. Jordan Rudess is easily the best musician in Dream Theater. He's just brilliant.

Now this may shock you. I feel that Jordan is not only rock music's best keyboardist today, but after serious thought, I have to say Jordan is a better player than the great Keith Emerson was. This opinion comes from a keyboardist (me) that said "Thank you for changing my life" when I first met Keith Emerson. I was speaking not only for myself, but for the thousands of keyboard players that feel the same way. Keith Emerson took the ignored keyboardist from behind the drummer and made them recognizable. He was the first keyboardist to be a band's frontman that wasn't a guitarist or singer. He changed the musical world for keyboardists everywhere.

Nevertheless, Jordan is the greatest player I've ever heard. However, he will never attain the legacy status Keith Emerson did. After all, Keith composed "Tarkus" and "Pirates"; enough said.

Dream Theater's addition of Jordan Rudess is without a doubt the most important change in Dream Theater's history. He's made them a better band, and better musicians, year after year. And yes, he does blow away his fellow bandmates, whether you agree with that or not.



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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2018, 03:55:40 PM »
What's wrong with the standard font size?
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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2018, 05:10:32 PM »
Jeter was replaceable. Have you noticed how good the Yankees are? Gregorious is better offensively and defensively.
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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2018, 06:01:41 PM »
Gregarious is better offensively and defensively.

I have mad respect for that guy. This, from Red Sox Nation.


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« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2018, 06:11:06 PM »
Jordan is the greatest keyboard alive in rock and metal music, and one of the best pianists on the planet in general. His talent is something only a few people can achieve with a lifetime of practice - he has always been a natural at the instrument and people like him come around very, very rarely. DT is extremely lucky to have a musician of his caliber in the group, and that's not even taking into account his friendly, kind personality, and how humble he comes across with his playing. He knows he's super awesome at what he does but never ever bashes it over people's heads or is arrogant about it.
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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2018, 06:38:09 PM »
Jeter sucks, fuck the Yankees.


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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2018, 06:47:54 PM »
Jeter sucks, fuck the Yankees.

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2018, 06:58:05 PM »
Jeter was replaceable.

His leadership isn’t.
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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2018, 07:00:15 PM »
They seem to be doing just fine without it, as opposed to the last couple of years he was with them.
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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2018, 08:52:10 PM »
My only problem with Jordan Rudess is that sometimes he plays a lot more notes than the music calls for. Specially with his solo music. But beyond that he’s a great musician

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« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2018, 09:45:55 PM »
Man, the odds I would have given you on Didi Gregorius coming up within 2 replies of a thread about Jordan Rudess :lol :lol
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« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2018, 10:16:21 PM »
That's what forums are like. After about 10 thread replies, the subject goes off topic.

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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2018, 07:13:49 AM »
Man, the odds I would have given you on Didi Gregorius coming up within 2 replies of a thread about Jordan Rudess :lol :lol

Well, in my defense he name-dropped Jeter . . .

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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2018, 07:24:36 AM »
That's what forums are like. After about 10 thread replies, the subject goes off topic.

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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2018, 07:43:42 AM »
Everybody may not be replaceable, but everybody is expendable.

Back on topic. Jordan is the best musician in DT. Not taking anything away from the rest of the band, but think about what he brought into the band when he joined and what he has taught the band over the years in terms of music. I believe he's made the band better in terms of musicianship.

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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2018, 08:01:09 AM »
Back on topic. Jordan is the best musician in DT. Not taking anything away from the rest of the band, but think about what he brought into the band when he joined and what he has taught the band over the years in terms of music. I believe he's made the band better in terms of musicianship.

Cool that you feel that way.  And I can't really disagree.  But I can't really agree either.  They ALL bring a LOT of musicianship to the table.  I can't really say who is "THE greatest" among them.  I feel that doing that for any of the band members either diminishes what the others bring to the table or has an overly restrictive and narrow definition of "musicianship."  Does the fact that John Myung almost exclusively plays a traditionally noncompositional instrument, or that he isn't as talented on the piana as Jordan is, mean that he brings less musicianship to the band?  I wouldn't say so.  And I don't think Jordan would either.
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2018, 11:31:07 AM »
Back on topic. Jordan is the best musician in DT. Not taking anything away from the rest of the band, but think about what he brought into the band when he joined and what he has taught the band over the years in terms of music. I believe he's made the band better in terms of musicianship.

Cool that you feel that way.  And I can't really disagree.  But I can't really agree either.  They ALL bring a LOT of musicianship to the table.  I can't really say who is "THE greatest" among them.  I feel that doing that for any of the band members either diminishes what the others bring to the table or has an overly restrictive and narrow definition of "musicianship."  Does the fact that John Myung almost exclusively plays a traditionally noncompositional instrument, or that he isn't as talented on the piana as Jordan is, mean that he brings less musicianship to the band?  I wouldn't say so.  And I don't think Jordan would either.

I agree with you there.

To me, Jordan brought a new level into the band that it didn't have before. I think it upped the game of the others. I wonder what the band would say has been the result for them as musicians of having Jordan in the band for 19 years now.

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Re: Thoughts of Jordan Rudess
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2018, 06:34:52 AM »
What Jordan brought to the table is hugely obvious to all and sundry, but let me submit a little theory of mine so you guys can tell me whether I am crazy or I am crazy but marginally on to something.

Among countless contributes, Rudess brought a very distinctive compositional trend, almost a staple after roughly twenty years. Every time a song (or a section of it) acts as emotional centre or as a story's turning point, or is just gunning for a deep personal feeling/experience, they unsheath the 3/4-6/8 (or ternary anyway) signature. Think The Spirit Carries On, Losing Time/Grand Finale, In the Name of God, ANTR's Agony segment, TCOT exit, to This Is the Life, Along for the Ride, HoaTV's Glorious Sound section and other instances I'm probably forgetting.

I tend to chalk this up to Jordan because it has never happened (with such frequency at least) before 1999.

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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2018, 07:46:08 AM »
My only problem with Jordan Rudess is that sometimes he plays a lot more notes than the music calls for. Specially with his solo music. But beyond that he’s a great musician

I feel the same way. Jordan is a beast but I sometimes feel that the music would be better with less notes, that the melodies would work a little better.

Regarding the topic, Jordan is the best Keyboardist DT has had, and probably the best keyboardist period, but Kevin Moore brought something to the mix that was really special, he had a great notion of how to add an interesting and mood filled layer to the music with simple elements. I miss that very much.
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Now this may shock you. I feel that Jordan is not only rock music's best keyboardist today, but after serious thought, I have to say Jordan is a better player than the great Keith Emerson was. This opinion comes from a keyboardist (me) that said "Thank you for changing my life" when I first met Keith Emerson. I was speaking not only for myself, but for the thousands of keyboard players that feel the same way. Keith Emerson took the ignored keyboardist from behind the drummer and made them recognizable. He was the first keyboardist to be a band's frontman that wasn't a guitarist or singer. He changed the musical world for keyboardists everywhere.

Nevertheless, Jordan is the greatest player I've ever heard. However, he will never attain the legacy status Keith Emerson did. After all, Keith composed "Tarkus" and "Pirates"; enough said.

Dream Theater's addition of Jordan Rudess is without a doubt the most important change in Dream Theater's history. He's made them a better band, and better musicians, year after year. And yes, he does blow away his fellow bandmates, whether you agree with that or not.



As Emerson is my favorite rock keyboardist, I think about him and Jordan quite a bit. One thing that Jordan has over Emerson is that Jordan has always been willing to master newer technologies whereas Emerson in his later years was kind of set in his ways.

For the most part, I've always thought Jordan's talent has been underutilized in the band too.  The solo albums give you a better indication of that he's capable of doing.

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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2018, 10:54:46 AM »
Jordan's cover of Tarkus is a testament to his musical prowess. Holy freaking crap that's a monumental undertaking.
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2018, 01:47:31 PM »
He's a great composer and awesome guy :) Solos aren't particulary my taste, they tyically consist of [Big pitch bend with feeling] - [Note soup] - [Big pitch bend with feeling] - [Note soup] but I get the idea of it
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« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2018, 11:08:12 AM »
My only problem with Jordan Rudess is that sometimes he plays a lot more notes than the music calls for. Specially with his solo music. But beyond that he’s a great musician

I feel the same way. Jordan is a beast but I sometimes feel that the music would be better with less notes, that the melodies would work a little better.

Regarding the topic, Jordan is the best Keyboardist DT has had, and probably the best keyboardist period, but Kevin Moore brought something to the mix that was really special, he had a great notion of how to add an interesting and mood filled layer to the music with simple elements. I miss that very much.

Agree with all of this.

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« Reply #23 on: July 17, 2018, 03:31:16 PM »
Jordan's cover of Tarkus is a testament to his musical prowess. Holy freaking crap that's a monumental undertaking.

Which version? I haven't really found one that I'm impressed with. It's not really Jordan's fault either. Is there a version out there with musicians in comparable to him?

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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2018, 08:35:17 AM »
Jordan is the greatest keyboard alive in rock and metal music, and one of the best pianists on the planet in general. His talent is something only a few people can achieve with a lifetime of practice - he has always been a natural at the instrument and people like him come around very, very rarely. DT is extremely lucky to have a musician of his caliber in the group, and that's not even taking into account his friendly, kind personality, and how humble he comes across with his playing. He knows he's super awesome at what he does but never ever bashes it over people's heads or is arrogant about it.
Yeah really humble I was only able to talk to him very briefly in a Meet and greet last year, very personable. I am not a Keyboardist but I would love to have a some few lessons for orchestration and music theory with the guy. 

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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2018, 08:38:44 AM »
Jordan's cover of Tarkus is a testament to his musical prowess. Holy freaking crap that's a monumental undertaking.

Imagine having written it...;)

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« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2018, 02:09:15 PM »
Jordan's cover of Tarkus is a testament to his musical prowess. Holy freaking crap that's a monumental undertaking.

Imagine having written it...;)

I've been listening to Tarkus a lot lately. I never knew Ruddess recorded a version of it. I must hear this ASAP.
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« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2018, 08:57:39 AM »
Jordan's cover of Tarkus is a testament to his musical prowess. Holy freaking crap that's a monumental undertaking.

Imagine having written it...;)

I've been listening to Tarkus a lot lately. I never knew Ruddess recorded a version of it. I must hear this ASAP.

He also does a kick ass version of Hoedown on the Magna Carta Tribute.   For those that want to got there Derek play Tarkus on that tribute with James signing it. Portnoy is also on a few ELP tracks.

Same formula though. Get everyone signed to that label and get them involved recording tribute albums.  Great for the fans and the label but probably not very good for the artists as it turned out.