Monday, October 10, 2011

Jordan Rudess performs Gentle Giant with Ed Wynne and Bumblefoot

Jordan Rudess - "Just The Same"

Earmarked for a brilliant career as a classical pianist, Rudess was seduced by prog rock’s siren song and found his musical identity. “I remember hearing Gentle Giant’s Free Hand for the first time,” says an über-exuberant Rudess. “I totally, absolutely got into the song ‘Just the Same’. It is kind of like an anthem for me -- a song of freedom and personal rebellion.”

Vocals - Kip Winger
Guitar - (1st Solo) Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal
- (2nd Solo) Ed Wynne
Drums - Rod Mergenstein



With the help of today’s leading prog talents (including friend/musical partner, Dixie Dregs drummer Rod Morgenstein), Rudess re-envisions Genesis’ 1976 jolting, jiggery-pokery gem “Dance on a Volcano” (with former Spock’s Beard frontman Neal Morse on vocals); ELP’s apocalyptic epic “Tarkus” (featuring Kip Winger and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson); Yes’ fusion-esque, Minimoog/electric piano extravaganza “Sound Chaser” (from the oft-overlooked Relayer record); and the aforementioned “Just the Same” (featuring Kip Winger, Ron "Bumlefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses), Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles), Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs).