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Adam Rudolph: Conjuring Music’s Global Essence

Read "Adam Rudolph: Conjuring Music’s Global Essence" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On composer, improviser, and master percussionist Adam Rudolph. A global performer--and global citizen--Adam has been called “a pioneer in world music" by the New York Times. With dozens of recordings to his credit, he joined us upon the release of Timeless (Meta Records) from his percussion group, Hu: Vibrational. Adam has worked with artists including Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, and many others but had a particularly extensive collaboration ...

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Hu Vibrational: Timeless

Read "Timeless" reviewed by Geno Thackara

An Adam Rudolph recording is less a collection of musical pieces than of sound paintings. The elements he works with are musical ones--any instrument known to mankind might be used, and often even used to play notes--but traditions of form and melody tend to be tossed out the window from the start. The tones are treated as daubs of paint on a palette, splashed here and there whenever they will add something to whichever imaginary landscape he is evoking at ...

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Bennie Maupin & Adam Rudolph: Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef

Read "Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef" reviewed by Chris May

Had the multi-reed player Yusef Lateef still been alive in 2020, he would have been celebrating his 100th birthday. Sadly, Lateef passed seven years earlier. But 93 years is a good span for a jazz musician, especially one of Lateef's generation, who came of age in time to cut his professional teeth in swing bands. Lateef went on contribute to bop--he was a member of Dizzy Gillespie's band in 1949--and then to hard bop. In the mid 1950s, ...

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Karuna Trio: Imaginary Archipelago

Read "Imaginary Archipelago" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake, and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Ralph Miles Jones play together as the Karuna Trio. These spontaneous compositions were built on a deep foundation of shared experience, dating back to their teen years, for Rudolph and Drake; Rudolph and Jones later played together in the Eternal Wind quintet. The concept here is that the music they were making is from a fantastical place: an imaginary archipelago. Each of the eleven tracks is named for an island in the ...

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Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: Ragmala: A Garland of Ragas

Read "Ragmala: A Garland of Ragas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Questo magistrale doppio album di Adam Rudolph nasce dalla collaborazione tra la sua Go: Organic Orchestra e il collettivo Brooklyn Raga Massive. Venti appassionanti brani che realizzano il monumento finale (ma certo non conclusivo) della quarantennale attività del percussionista dedita all'incontro tra musiche afro-americane, africane e asiatiche. Anche se Rudolph è considerato uno dei maestri della cosiddetta World Music non vorrei usare questo termine perché fuorviante e inadeguato a esprimere l'originalità della sua produzione in generale e di quest'opera in ...

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Adam Rudolph / Ralph M. Jones / Hamid Drake: Imaginary Archipelago

Read "Imaginary Archipelago" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Often the music of Adam Rudolph can be a bit intimidating. An authority in Afro-Cuban, Indian, West Africa musics and jazz, Rudolph's performances remind budding ethnomusicologists and jazz critics their knowledge inhabits a very provincial realm. Luckily that intimidation is reserved to academics and writers. The remaining listening audience is free to enjoy these sounds associated with world music. The second release from Rudolph's Karuna Trio with percussionist Hamid Drake and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Ralph M. Jones, Imaginary Archipelago, might ...

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Musical Travelogues: May 2020

Read "Musical Travelogues: May 2020" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Gregoire Maret and Romain Collin w. Bill Frisell Americana ACT Music 2020 The sound lives up to the title; this is a thoughtful, airy yet soulful outing that sounds just the way a wide-open prairie landscape looks. If it seems a bit odd that Americana comes from a European duo, wonder not—Romain Collin's exceptional versatility at the piano channels the spirit of folk and gospel most faithfully, while Gregoire Maret's harmonica makes a perfectly wistful ...


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