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14 collective improvisations

improvised jazz-world fusion

Complex rhythm patterns and driving grooves change into primal beats, locked into with ease and precision by J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm. A dialog of solos and chords erupts in Funk, World-Beat and Swing as shades of Miles Davis meet the sounds of Ornette Coleman. Dream-like ballads interspersed with funky grooves and free-jazz jams make up these two totally original sides.

The live sessions include J.D. Hopkins and sons Jayson and Rickie, and bass, guitars, keyboard, sax and trumpet. Bassists David Blaetz, Tony Stefanelli and Kenny Cornelius take turns, guitar regulars Mike Ohm and Sheldon Peterson are sometimes joined by newcomer Joe Frisina, and guitarist, keyboardist and guitar-synth player Frank Singer joins in for most of the tracks. J.D. and Sons add horns for the first time, with Phil Papotnik on sax and flute and Chad Garrison on trumpet. Singer and Papotnik overdub parts on three cuts above the drums and electronic percussion of the Hopkins family rhythm section.

The sound of J.D. AND THE SONS OF RHYTHM is organic. It is what music is before composers, arrangers, lyricists, critics, academics and others shape it to their will. This is the raw substance of music, born in and of the musicians who play it. It is what it is.

We hope you enjoy it.


BEYOND ATTENTION, 14 tracks of music on 2 discs.


disk 1

1: Prelude
2: Rumble in the Jungle
3: Coffee and Pie
4: Jan Garbarek
5: Kenny's Rumble
6: ECM
7: Road Nights

disk 2

8: Scottish Memories
9: Midnight Fade
10: Unleash the Beast
11: Song for the Grateful Dead
12: Hypnotic
13: California Daze
14: Oregon

the players

J.D. Hopkins
Rickie Hopkins
Jayson Hopkins
Tony Stefanelli
Kenny Cornelius
David Blaetz
Mike Ohm
Sheldon Peterson
Joe Frisina
Phil Papotnik
Chad Garrison
Frank Singer


Produced by J.D. Hopkins
Cover Art by J.D. Hopkins
Cover Layout by Mark Saunders
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by
    Randy Hetherington
Recorded at Midtown Recording

J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm Albums:
colors of tyme | near journey's end | astral worlds | moving through the elements | crossing oceans of time | live at forward hall | imagination doctors | smoke shadows | quantum events | music from another planet | primate gestures | family values

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