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by Rex Butters
Adam Rudolph’s third recording with the Go:Organic Orchestra finds the master percussionist in collaboration with longtime friend and associate, jazz legend Yusef Lateef. The recording documents a performance at Venice’s Electric Lodge, a homebase for Rudolph. Uniting 22 of our town’s most interesting musicians including Emily Hay, Bennie Maupin, Sara Schoenbeck, Chris Heenan, Cory Wright, Alex Cline, and Harris Eisenstadt, In the Garden features performances from the entire orchestra as well as moving duets by Rudolph and Lateef. The two ...read more
by Raul d'Gama Rose
Slip this disc into your player and be prepared to be transported into the skin of the vibrant drum and the unfettered melody of water and wind singing in primeval harmony with the earth. And let us not forget the Babel of voices—man, first reveling in the glory of the earth’s perfect design, but soon lamenting the impending destruction of its perfect balance. Be warned, this is not just Eden, but the time and continuum of its creation. It is, ...read more
by Mark Corroto
Without proselytizing like Sun Ra about healing and world peace by way of music, I will tell you that composer and handdrummer/percussionist Adam Rudolph creates truly spiritual music.
These two recordings by his large Organic Orchestra are ambitious undertakings that combine woodwinds and percussionists to create sounds that are both classical and jazz at the same time. Rudolph’s vision is one that intersects Western and World music at a common beat. Without employing an ethnomusicologist, I hear the ...read more
by Derek Taylor
Though Jazz remains one of the preeminent forms of improvised music in the West it's sometimes easy to forget that improvisation as an art form and musical technique actually far predates it. Numerous Non-Western cultures have incorporated improvisational techniques into their musical forms for thousands of years. Percussionist Adam Rudolph is dedicated to demonstrating and celebrating this fact. A look at his list of instruments on this date reveals the both the breadth and variation of his battery- fourteen different ...read more