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Family Values

by J.d. And The Sons Of Rhythm

Contempory collective jazz improvisation
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Did you Record That?
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6:40 $0.99
2. Michael's Angels
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11:09 $0.99
3. Peach Jam
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6:04 $0.99
4. Frank Enters
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21:25 $0.99
5. Julio
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4:47 $0.99
6. JD's Raga
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8:15 $0.99
7. Rick's Rag
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12:11 $0.99
8. Tammy's Song
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11:20 $0.99
9. Ozone
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10:09 $0.99
10. Carlos
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7:28 $0.99
11. Sunset on the bay
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16:04 $0.99
12. Midtown Nights
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7:52 $0.99
13. Skabone
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5:43 $0.99
14. Tim's Doodle
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5:58 $0.99
15. Goodnight
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13:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm began as a studio recording project. FAMILY VALUES predates PRIMATE GESTURES and MUSIC FROM ANOTHER PLANET (Also available on cdbaby.com), and brings some of the current players on board for the first time.

Beginning with Jammin' at Midtown, spontaneous music was the objective. To achieve this, experienced players were put on unfamiliar ground. They met new players, with hard-drive spinning and no charts to follow.

Chops were flexed.

Musical discussions in notes took place.

The objective was achieved in FAMILY VALUES, 15 tracks of music on 2 discs.


disk 1

Did you Record That?
Michael's Angels
Peach Jam
Frank Enters
JD's Raga
Rick's Rag

disk 2

Tammy's Song
Sunset on the Bay
Midtown Nights
Tim's Doodle


the players

J.D. Hopkins
Frank Singer
Kenny Cornelius
Scott Cravener
Tim Smith
Jim Nordstrum
Tammy Johnson
Mike Ohm
Doug Phillips
Pat Vahey
Julio Quesada
Randy Hetherington
Keith Homerski
Jayson Hopkins
Rickie Hopkins



production.....J.D. Hopkins
& Keith Homerski
engineering.....Keith Homerski
& Randy Hetherington
mix.....Keith Homerski
& Randy Hetherington
cover photo: Autumn Hopkins-Homerski
cover design.....Mark Saunders
recorded at Midtown Recording


J.D. speaks:

"Last year Jayson, Rickie, Keith and I got together with Sean and Dan of the Soul Crackers and invited them to come into the studio with us to jam for 2 days. Those sessions were released on the 'Jammin at Midtown' CD. Later we decided to do it again with various musicians. In every session most of the musicians never met let alone played together. There were no rehearsals, second takes or knowledge of any song structure other than the two songs with Julio. These sessions were products of improvisation, a high degree of creativity and technical expertise stirred by a huge degree of listening capacity and respect of each other. On a couple of songs you can hear someone yelling out a chord change, that's how immdeiate those sessions were. It was an honor and a pleasure for my family and I to work with such a great group of people coupled with great creative talents."



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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John Trevethan

If you want to hear some of Erie's finest musicians jamming on extended instrume
JD and the Sons of Rhythm | | |
CD release - "Family Values" | | |

Long time drummer and entrepreneur JD Hopkins has put together his own all-star collection of local Erie musicians for this 2CD release. It seems that JD is out to prove that musical talent can be passed on genetically, as two of his sons (Jayson and Rickie) play drums on Family Values and his son-in-law (Keith Homerski) plays electric drums and co-engineered this release. Homerski also co-produced along with JD. | | |

The music is jam based, somewhat funky and often jazzy in flavor. A couple of the tunes have a Spanish or Latin feel, while other pieces give a nod to Reggae. This release is the newest in a series of JD's jamming experiments at Midtown Recording. Every so often JD calls up all of the musicians he knows and invites them down to record. Later JD and engineer Randy Hetherington sift through the improvs and put together a cohesive whole. | | |

For these sessions JD brought in a couple of ex-Erie area natives. First was Jim Norstrom from New York City on bass, and from New Orleans Tim Smith came in to add electric guitar. Some of you may remember that Nordstrom played with Erie's Stabilizers, both here in Erie as well as after they were signed to Columbia Records and moved to Los Angeles. Also, both Nordstrom and Smith worked with Trent Reznor in the Meadville based Option 30, before Reznor moved on to Cleveland and Nine Inch Nails. For more info on the Stabilizers see the Classic Corner page. | | |

Now, about that all-star collection of musicians... sixteen players contributed to this recording. On electric drums were JD, Randy Hetherington, Keith Homerski and Jayson Hopkins. Rickie Hopkins handled all of the acoustic drums. Bass players included Jim Nordstrom, Kenny Cornelius, Tammy Johnson and Doug Phillips (who also contributed piano on one track). Guitarists were Tim Smith, Mike Ohm, Scott Cravener, Pat Vahey, Jeremy Quesada with Randy Hetherington and Frank Singer on one track each. Singer also played piano and Julio Quesada added acoustic guitar on two tracks. | | |

Disc one of this set is a bit more jazzy in feel while disc two leans a little toward the spacier side. If you want to hear some of Erie's finest musicians jamming on extended instrumentals then Family Values is for you. Bravo to JD for taking the risk of just letting the music happen in the studio, and following wherever it might lead. You can purchase Family Values as well as other Sons Of Rhythm releases in our own Online CD Shop. -J.Trevethan | | |

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