We reviewed Jordan Rudess’ new piano album Notes on a Dream by comparing the album’s solo versions of Dream Theater songs to those on the live DT album Score. On “The Spirit Carries On,” Rudess plays simple synth pads beneath the guitar melody, segueing to piano chords and occasional flourishes. Solo, his parts breathe more deeply, and he accessorizes the arrangement with intricate arpeggios and runs. On “Vacant,” Rudess plays orchestral pads, but solo, he creates a more emotional and sensitive mood, adding depth and expression with a seasoned agility between his hands. On the live version of “The Answer Lies Within,” Rudess’ simple piano part supports the vocal but never comes alive. The NOAD version is a revelation, though, with Rudess wrapping the melody in some of his most adventurous piano work. The amalgam of styles run from bluesy to Baroque, with some truly astounding runs up and down the keys. Great stuff! (Keywiz Music, jordanrudess.com)
The music of Pink and Noseworthy is rooted in classic ’60s and ’70s pop, yet it exists in a universe all its own, a seductive and lush melodic world that radiates a timeless presence, wrapped in a sparkling veneer of quality and fidelity. The band consists of Ran Pink, sister Shanee Pink, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Noseworthy (hence the band’s offbeat name). Ran sat down to give us some insight into his life and the path that led to the creation of Pink and Noseworthy’s new album, Twice.