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ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Musical Travelogues: May 2020

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Gregoire Maret and Romain Collin w. Bill Frisell Americana ACT Music 2020 The sound lives up to the title; 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 extends to channeling the spirit of folk and gospel most faithfully, while Gregoire Maret's harmonica makes a perfectly wistful ...

INTERVIEW

Adam Rudolph: Ragmala and Prototypical Music

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Adam Rudolph has been seeking to push the boundaries of musical creativity for decades, developing a unique concept of composition, ensemble interaction, and conducting. As many writers have commented, his music resists critical commentary due to its prototypical nature. Said another way, Rudolph's music doesn't sound like anything else, and its antecedents are so varied that reducing the music to common labels such as “jazz" or “world music" quickly feels trite. The reality is Rudolph's music taps into ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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

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Percussionist Adam Rudolph performed and recorded extensively with World Music originator Yusef Lateef from 1988-2013, and has performed with trumpeters Don Cherry, Jon Hassell, and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. He became a composer after being inspired by Cherry (also one of World Music's originators) while staying at his home. In the Go: Organic Orchestra he has developed a remarkable improvisational conducting style. The Orchestra has been active for nearly twenty years; their first recording was Go: Organic Orchestra: 1 ...

RADIO

A Trip Into the Jazz Room with selections from DJ Paul Murphy

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This shows features music from the Jazz Room complied by Paul Murphy which is out on BBE Records. The music goes deep with tracks from Imperial Tiger Orchestra, New York Ska Jazz Ensemble. Sit back, put the headphones on and be mesmerised with 50 minutes of great music. Playlist Rez Abbasi “Wedding Preparation" from A Throw of the Dice (Whirlwind Recordings) 1:55 Blue Mode “Smells Like Teen Spirit" from The Jazz Room compiled by Paul Murphy (BBE ...

LIVE FROM PHILADELPHIA

Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga Massive at Painted Bride Art Center

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Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga MassivePainted Bride Art Centerjny: Philadelphia, PAOctober 6, 2019 While Philadelphia's Painted Bride Art Center has been presenting jazz, improvised and/or experimental music for half a century, it's still entirely possible this was the most sweepingly wide, boundary-defying cross-cultural performance the venue has ever seen. The sizable and amorphous Go: Organic Orchestra collective already serves up a fascinating kind of severe culture shock on its own, as demonstrated in several ...


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