Reviewed by MJBrady on 29 Aug 2002
In a heartfelt performance that was prompted by Jordan Rudess' calling to help heal the wounds of Sept. 11, he performed this solo material as a benefit, that saw the proceeds go towards the Red Cross, and their efforts to stabilize, and assist the many tragic stories that occured behind the horrific scenes. Jordan recorded these live shows, mostly improvised, and dubbed extra instrumentations at the studio. The cd is very introspective music, and doesn't resemble anything he has done in recent collaborations, this time he goes back to his days when he was playing more into the New Age/Ambiant style. Rudess has become an unmistakable voice in the world of keyboardists, as always his compositions are the result of his rare sense of complex melodies, unconventional chord phrasings, and a depth of understanding the most intriguing music from a theoretical perspective. An awesome live performer, he seems able to play whatever his heart desires at the drop of a hat. The idea that he freewheeled this show, and dubbed the extra tracks after the fact, gives the illusion of a nicely made solo cd, but again, this in no way resembles his last studio effort Feeding the Wheel, which was much more fusion/progressive music, that also featured many other musicians. Here it is Jordan Rudess, alone, and captivating an audience that was trying to heal the wounds of a day that will live in infamy.