"He's in his 90th year. Whenever he calls me I'm always glad to work with him because I've learned so much from him. I still learn from him. You know, this music is an oral tradition. There's an informational aspect to what you learn, but a lot of it is what you learn being around these elders, things that can't even be put into words that have to do with a creative attitude or a spiritual stance, a way of living, a way of working with materials, looking at process, creative process, looking at materials in fresh ways. And Yusef is always inventive and he really taught me. We began working together in 1988 and I really learned from him how to develop my own creative processes, how to think, how to trust your imagination and cultivate your intuition."
Rudolph sums up his approach this way, "Music comes from something greater than music and it can be about something greater than music."
I was first exposed to jazz by my high school girlfriend's father. On the one hand he was the school's Vice Principal, on the other
he was a big Miles Davis fan. He gave me my first jazz record, Miles at the Blackhawk.