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This 2000 performance at the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center in Nyack, New York by John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess was a truly special one. Being most of these compositions were written in a relatively short period adds to the album's impressive stature. Petrucci effortlessly switching from acoustic to electric, his fretboard precision, and his chosen notes during the improvisations are stunning. The same can be said of Rudess, whose virtuosity on the piano is breathtaking. The years of intense practice and formal training are evident in both men's playing.
My favorite tracks are "Truth" and "State of Grace," but they're all great. The entire album is ear candy for the hardcore music appreciator/afficianado. Highly recommended.
There is nothing typical here. From the frantic highspeed chase of The Bite of the Mosguito to the more stately pace of State of Grace each piece of this live concert shows off something else that they can do. Whether one player comes forward, or they are trading licks, or they are playing in concert, the music is always complex, textured, and beautiful to listen to. I like the softer pieces, like From Within and State of Grace best, but it simply is impossible to go wrong, no matter what tracks you play, Very highly recommended.
Cleary, this concert was something planned to forget about Dream Theater for a while after their succes with Scenes From A Memory.
Anyway, I just have to thank them for re-selling this album. Their work here is simply amazing. There is something you must be clear before buying An Evening With... When Petrucci improvizes, his speed solos sometimes do not "fit in" the song; but if you can manage that, you will fall in love with this album right away.
Keep in mind, they wrote the songs with very little time, so there are a lot of improvizations. This is not the John Petrucci with the screeching guitar sounds and the Rudess with the synth's. This is more neo-classical material done by two of the best musicians ever. Is there more to say...... oh yes, buy it right away!
The only thing that I think could have been done better would be the song State of Grace. I didn't think the keyboard comes through clear enough as it did on LTE 1.
I hope John Petrucci and Steve Morse do something like this someday.
Bottom line: If you like truly beautiful piano and guitar, buy this cd of duets.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my all time favorites, but I have learned over the years not to loan this one out to friends...this one never gets returned! I have bought at least 4 of these!Published 6 months ago by dci1712
far far beyond words for great... these guys really show there super super talent.... WOW !!!! very very enjoyable.... very very impressivePublished 7 months ago by yy22yy44
The best of both worlds! Petrucci and Rudess have always been the very musical figures that motivated me to pursue music in Berkeley college. This one is a collector's item.Published 8 months ago by Jeffrey Peterson
Simply WOW!!! I could go on and on about this album, But that would take too long. I own tons of music it`s a big part of who i am. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gregory Rush
If you never considered piano and guitar give this a listen and you will be convinced. Even the short track called Sting of the Mosquito played to Flight of the Bumblebee will... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert H