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Attention Dimension

by Jack Irons

An eclectic brew of free and funky rhythms accompanied with watery soundscapes from the former drummer of Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Guests artists include Les Claypool, Flea, Stone Gossard, Alain Johannes, and Eddie Vedder.
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2. Suluhiana
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3. Ocean's Light
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4. Hearing It Doubled
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5. Shine On You Crazy Diamond
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6. Underwater Circus Music
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7. Dunes
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8. Come Running
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Jack Irons. Even if you're not immediately familiar with the name, it's guaranteed that you're familiar with his work. This talented and versatile drummer has played with Pearl Jam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eleven, Joe Strummer, Neil Young and others. With "Attention Dimension", his first solo release, Irons steps to the forefront and gets a little help from his friends.

"Attention Dimension" defies categorization. While primarily an instrumental work, this sonic smorgasbord pays homage to space rock, world and Indian music as well as indie rock. Irons takes a Pink Floyd classic ('Shine On You Crazy Diamond') and truly puts his own imprint on the tune with tribal percussion and the tender but menacing vocal courtesy of his friend Eddie Vedder. Flea, Jeff Ament, Les Claypool, Stone Gossard, Alain Johannes, and Natasha Shneider all make appearances on "Attention Dimension".

To get to the core of understanding how this diverse body of work was born, it's necessary to take a historical look at Jack Irons' career.

Irons started playing drums at the age of 13, taking music lessons with his best friend Hillel Slovak. The two started playing music together after school, eventually hooking up with two schoolmates: Alain Johannes, a guitarist and a short time later a bass player, better known as Flea. Their band, Anthym, used to be introduced by one of Flea's best friends, Anthony Kiedis.

Anthym became What Is This. Flea left to play with Fear. In 1983, he and Kiedis asked Irons and Slovak to help them open a show for a friend. The four learned one song and debuted as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. The crowd really dug it, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers were born.

Irons and Slovak played with both bands for a time. When each band was offered record deals their loyalty and history with Johannes guided them in their decision to choose What Is This. Slovak rejoined the Chili Peppers in the middle of recording the second What Is This album. What Is This disbanded a couple of years later. Johannes started a new project with Natasha Shneider. The Chili Peppers re-recruited Irons in 1986, in time for the recording of "The Uplift Mofo Party Plan". Irons toured with the Chili Peppers until 1988, when guitarist Hillel Slovak died of an overdose. Irons subsequently left the band.

In late '88 Irons got a call from a friend of Joe Strummer to come and play. The recording of and subsequent tour of Joe Strummer's "Earthquake Weather" had a profound effect, as it was at the San Diego show that he met Eddie Vedder. The two became good friends.

Shortly thereafter, Irons reunited with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider and began playing together as Eleven. In 1990 he was approached by Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, but turned the project down because, as an expectant father, needing steady work he'd committed to a nine week tour with Red Cross. Gossard and Ament played Irons a demo without vocals and asked if he knew any good singers. Irons passed their demo on to his good friend Vedder and that became the beginnings of Pearl Jam.

Although Irons had other opportunities to play with Pearl Jam in the early '90's, it wasn't until fall of 1994 that it happened. It was also the year that he began recording his first piece of drum music - a demo called 'Small Mosquito' that Pearl Jam liked to play before taking the stage. His time with Pearl jam encompassed the recording of "Merkinball", "No Code", "Yield", and Neil Young's "Mirrorball", as well as extensive touring.

Irons rejoined Eleven for the recording of "Howling Book",
released on the band's own label in 2003.

"I began the process of recording myself seriously in the fall of 1999." Irons says. "If I could finish an album of my own music, I would. Five years later I am happy to say I have."

"Attention Dimension" is an album that captures the wonder of new opportunities, continued discovery and accomplishment.


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All Music Guide

Jack Irons' status as an alternative rock prime mover can't be argued. With onet
Jack Irons' status as an alternative rock prime mover can't be argued. With onetime roles in both Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, he watched the music develop, expand, and change from the perch of a drum stool. That said, Attention Dimension has little to do with his past. Dabbled in, worked on, and conceived of over a period of years — while Irons was still ironing out the insecurities and static in his soul — Dimension is an extended mood piece of soft gestures and pattering percussion. The drummer details his array in the liners; it includes "assorted bells, bell tree, big bass drum," "marimba, shakers, slap pipes," "and the whole kit and kaboodle." And this is true. From the gentle keen of opener "Jackie Groove" through "Hearing It Doubled"'s acoustic guitar/smattering snare hippie funk, nothing on Attention Dimension sounds like a traditional rock album, but it nevertheless is. Old pal Eddie Vedder contributes vocals to a crazy, underwater version of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"; it sounds like Pink Floyd performed by precogs. Other highlights of the album include "Dunes," which seems to have a gamelan quality about it, and "Water Song," an epic 12-plus minutes of consistently developing sound. Flea contributes a slippery, elastic bass line, Stone Gossard's guitar is a hand-holding friend, and Irons' consistent drum stutter is right out of mood-elevation hour. Let's emphasize again this album's utter lack of funky monk posturing or Ten-era sleeveless flannel wearing. For sure, Attention Dimension is closer at times to Keith Jarrett or Mickey Hart. But it's that rare thing in rock and, it proves, something that should probably be heard more often. There's no frontman hooting here, no lead guitar prima donna drama. Instead, Attention Dimension is the drummer's chance to be in the bright white klieg light. Give him a chance, will ya?

David Gibson

A Dunk in love's sweetness-meltings in an Acid Opera
A Dunk in love's sweetness-meltings in an Acid Opera. This is trans-drumming that is channeled through the chakric illuminations of uncoiled navel and Awakened heart of Jack Irons...he journey's with the Jetsons on ecstacy through African visons, offering aquatic confessions of a previous existence as a water-being, nimble revelations of the Unified Field. There are extracelestial divinations, prismatic astrals in watery flight, sadhu's whisperings of om drone bliss. One swoons in the indecipherable musings of whale's heartsongs, drifts in opiated caverns of Light. A healing intoxication of immense talent. A gathering of alternative rocks finest in music that heals the Feeling and loosens the shackles of mind into softened rapture. Oh to get stoned hard without my lungs hurting!

Chandira Hensey

Awesome! Great to hear Jack back in action!! Nice one!
Really enjoying listening to this one.. I like the twist his music has taken, very inspired, and I will be sure to buy this very soon.

Smother.Net

easily tackles most every nuance in the creative universe of music
Review - Jack Irons formerly of Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers is also known as the drummer for Eleven but what most don't know is that he's also a solo artist. Well no problem bro, he's here with his solo debut "Attention Dimension" that will certainly have you're undivided attention in no time. Also featured on the album is performances by Les Claypool (Primus, Sausage), Eddie Vedder's vocals on a cover of Pink Floyd's
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond", Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament all of Pearl Jam fame, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Eleven's Natasha Shneider and Alain Johannes. Groovy and with a wide array of eclectic sounds and influences, Jack Irons has mustered forth an album that easily tackles
head-on most every nuance in the creative universe of music.

Bass Player Magazine

each player roams in fresh fields far removed from his respective band’s styles.
Former Red Hot Chili Pepper and Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons knew who to call when he got around to recording his first solo record. Attention Dimension features prominent guest spots from RHCP’s Flea, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Les Claypool, and Jack himself on bass and keyboard bass. With exotic beats and layers of keyboards, each player roams in fresh fields far removed from his respective band’s styles. Highlights include Claypool’s immediately identifiable presence on a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and Flea’s sparse groove and emotive bends on “Water Song.” (GO)