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Primate Gestures

by JD and the Sons of Rhythm

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Prelude 02:08
City Nights 03:33
Trance 06:50
The Stroll 05:53
Silverback 04:17
Being There 06:42
Undulation 03:42
Sleeph 08:14
Manu's Beat 07:01
Whales 07:23
Youngbloods 05:03
Pimpin' 07:15


In some ways, PRIMATE GESTURES is the most beautiful music to come out of the collective improvisations of J.D. and the Sons. There are still the toe-tapping, good-time jams that characterize all of the group's efforts, but there is a different touch here, with a sense of calm that seems to reflect the times and lives of the musicians.

The opening track is the Sons' first experiment with overdubbing, having one other track on this album using the same concept. Foreshadowing what was to come on the first side of IMAGINATION DOCTORS, this layered approach tends to be more encapsulated and smooth.

From there, the live playing takes over, with a free-flowing rhythm starting out the set. This album brings together many of the core musicians of the next six discs for the first time, and there is a sense of 'feeling each other out' that inevitably fades in future recordings as familiarity allows for quicker reflexes from the improvisors.

This does not prevent the music from having the same confidence and enjoyment that J.D. and the Sons of Rhythm are known for. Threads were followed and developed, and themes were stated, with the same delight as the later projects. The only non-rhythm section players on PRIMATE GESTURES are Singer and Ohm, who approach their soloing as always, with hunger and intensity. The open harmonic field surrounding this helps create the spaciousness of the sound, and enhances the subtle flavor of this music.

PRIMATE GESTURES began the cohesion of the current group, and in addition to showing where the group is coming from, has the added benefit of, on the whole, having the most impressionistic tone produced to date. Get a copy to relax with and enjoy today!

PRIMATE GESTURES, 22 tracks of music.

"...we remained with the format of live jamming with no preconceived notion as to what we were going to do. The only exceptions were the two songs that Frank Singer overdubbed over some drum beats. With Frank and Mike Ohm we knew creative things would happen. Add to this the incredible bass players and you have magic. We hope you enjoy."



released January 1, 2004

the players

Frank Singer
Mike Ohm
David Blaetz
Tony Stefanelli
Mike Chin
Ralph Reitinger
Jayson Hopkins
Rickie Hopkins
Randy Hetherington
Keith Homerski
J.D. Hopkins
Jeremy Quezada


production.....J.D. Hopkins
engineering.....Keith Homerski
& Randy Hetherington
mix.....Keith Homerski
& Randy Hetherington
cover art.....Sue Buck
cover design.....Mark Saunders
recorded at Midtown Recording
Printing by Diane at PIP
©2004 J.D. Records


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JD and the Sons of Rhythm Erie, Pennsylvania

Between 2003 and 2009, Richard Carl "JD" Hopkins produced a series of improvised recording sessions, joining his two sons, Rickie and Jayson, and 32 other musicians to collectively improvise 13 Double Albums. The history of the band is presented at jdhopkins.com, along with original art and literature. JD left us on April 4 2016. His inspiration, generosity and friendship will be missed. ... more

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