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Music From Another Planet

by JD And The Sons Of Rhythm

Contemporary collective jazz improvisation, reminiscent of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Troy
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6:17 $0.99
2. Slidin' With Scott
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11:42 $0.99
3. Searchin'
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11:25 $0.99
4. Circus Thoughts
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5:12 $0.99
5. Still Walkin' to Africa
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7:42 $0.99
6. Taking Off
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6:11 $0.99
7. Multicultural Journey
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13:34 $0.99
8. New Orleans Strut
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8:19 $0.99
9. Sheldon's Thing
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9:57 $0.99
10. Sound Check
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8:34 $0.99
11. American Bandstand: Where Is the Beat?
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12:49 $0.99
12. Voodoo
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10:39 $0.99
13. Strange Places
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5:36 $0.99
14. Kenny's Funk
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7:31 $0.99
15. 6/8 Overlap
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10:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
JD and the Sons of Rhythm began as a recording studio project, and moved on to live venues as the players began to gel. MUSIC FROM ANOTHER PLANET is JD's latest (but not for long!)

Musicians learn to play with one another simply by doing so. The sessions and gigs that JD and the Sons of Ryhthm have done together have provided the experience. Midtown Recording Studios, Forward Hall, and now the Roadhouse Theatre, have all provided the locations. The forays into uncharted waters have provided the inspiration.

Inspiration seemingly other-worldly.

Now, the music has landed.

The fruits of inspiration became MUSIC FROM ANOTHER PLANET, 15 tracks of music on 2 discs


disk 1

Slidin' with Scott
Circus Thoughts
Still Walkin' to Africa
Taking off
Multicultural Journey
New Orleans Strut

disk 2

Sheldon's thing
Sound check
American Bandstand
[Where is the Beat?]
Strange places
Kenny's Funk
6/8 Overlap


the players

Sheldon Peterson
Kenny Cornelius
Scott Cravener
Randy Hetherington
Jayson Hopkins
Rickie Hopkins
J.D. Hopkins
Mike Ohm
David Blaetz
Tony Stefanelli
Frank Singer



production.....J.D. Hopkins
engineering, mix, mastering.....
Randy Hetherington
cover art.....David Grajek
cover design.....Mark Saunders
recorded at Midtown Recording
dedicated to Cootie Harris


"We decided to remain in the same format on this, our fourth CD; on the spot improvisation. On six of these songs, we used both Tony and Dave. The double bass format worked beyond my imagination. Neither Tony nor Dave had worked in a double bass situation, but handled themselves well enought technically and tastefully that I found what they did quite amazing. Sheldon played with us for the first time, but it won't be the last. Frank and Mike obviously always make it work and are permanent fixtures with us. Everyone seems comfortable with our floating polyrhythmic concept. Kenny and Scott add a different dimension which makes this project a well-rounded musical journey.

"We hope you enjoy what we are doing. All these players know how to create musical images that are colorful, complex and flowing. Jayson, Rickie and I just love working with this amazing group of people."




cdbaby.com/jdsons - QUANTUM EVENTS
cdbaby.com/jatsor - MUSIC FROM ANOTHER PLANET
cdbaby.com/jatsor2 - PRIMATE GESTURES
cdbaby.com/jatsor3 - FAMILY VALUES

THAT DOG IN EGYPT (J.D., Jayson, Rickie)

cdbaby.com/doge99 - THAT DOG IN EGYPT '99
cdbaby.com/doge97 - THAT DOG IN EGYPT '97

MAMBO (Rickie, Joel, Ralph)

cdbaby.com/mamboband - MAMBO

SKUDD (Jayson)

cdbaby.com/skudd - SKUDD

CAT'S A BEAR: (Frank, Tony)

cdbaby.com/catsabear - TITO IN WONDERLAND
cdbaby.com/catsabear2 - TITO: IN SEARCH OF A REVOLUTION
cdbaby.com/catsabear3 - EYE OF THE PYRAMID

ONE WORLD TRIBE: (Frank, Mike Chin)


POTATO BATTERY: (Mike Ohm, Sheldon Peterson, David Blaetz)



cdbaby.com/franksinger - OFF THE TOP: STANDARDS 1
cdbaby.com/franksinger2 - GENERATIONS STRING QUARTET


cdbaby.com/mikeohm1 - THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM
cdbaby.com/mikeohm2 - ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER





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This is the real deal, total improvisation with a groove.
WeNoSpeak.com Review | | |
“On the spot improvising,” “Floating Polyrhythmic concept,” and “Images that are colorful, complex, and flowing” almost say it all. I can think of another way to say it: “The Miles Davis electric period didn’t end in 1975.” Now THAT’S saying something. | | |

Many artists have tried to recreate the spontaneous combustion that pure musical improvisation is capable of, some succeed, most fail. J.D. Hopkins and the Sons of Rhythm set themselves apart because they make no effort whatsoever to play “songs”; therefore, they have complete freedom to really improvise “on the spot.” The key ingredient that makes everything work is the hard driving Polyrhythms created by all the percussionists and the sensitive bass playing that embellishes the drum work. They work so well together it’s hard to imagine that everything they do is a jam. Another key ingredient is the ensemble gathered here is all ears and full of respect. They listen to each other and don’t step on each other’s toes. | | |

Total improvising is a very risky business and if it’s not done well, can easily sound like a catfight refereed by Bobcat Goldthwait and Gilbert Gottfried. To be perfectly honest, there are parts that are less coherent than others, and even some parts that might be considered a little too Avante Garde for the average listener. However, that is to be expected when improvising at such a risky level of freedom. | | |

This is the real deal, total improvisation with a groove. I personally give J.D. a lot of credit for gathering such high caliber musicians together and playing music that’s so full of risks that many musicians either won’t go near it or can’t even play it. | | |

One of my favorite quotes from Miles Davis comes to mind when I hear this great music. Miles was being heavily criticized for the music from “On The Corner” and his paraphrased response was: “Let’s see you do it” | | |

Review by Rick Calic | | |
rick@wenospeak.com | | |
www.wenospeak.com | | |
Added: January 19th 2005


Love it
I really like this CD. It is unique, spiritual and intelligent