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Hamid Drake / Ralph M. Jones / Adam Rudolph: Karuna

Read "Karuna" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Adam Rudolph's music has always been exotic and yet familiar, far-flung, and seemingly nearby. Then again, the same can be said of Hamid Drake and Ralph M. Jones' work. This trio is sort of a dream team of performers. OK, just about every project Rudolph completes is a stellar combination created for a particular purpose. Presently, ...

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Black Milk Impulses: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by John Eyles

Black Milk Impulses is a Berlin-based trio that describes itself as “a laboratory for improvised or roughly arranged electroacoustic jazz," a description which manages to incorporate a great deal into a short space, thus leaving the door open for many possibilities. The core members of the project are Australian pianist Leo Auri and Italian drummer Gianpaolo ...

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Black Milk Impulses: Manifesto

Read "Manifesto" reviewed by Mark Corroto

We love jazz music because its purveyors wander off-script to make music. That is, they improvise. They do not wing-it or fake it. Step one, obtain a command of your instrument. Step two involves learning compositions. Step three, for a jazz musician, is to reinvent both step one and two.

Such is Manifesto by the ...

The Dude Abides

Read "The Dude Abides" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To paraphrase Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude (or El Dudarino, if you are not into the brevity thing), “I've had a rough night, and I hate the fucking Grateful Dead, man." Actually, The Dude said the “Eagles" (and I guess I'm obliged to agree with him), but for me the Dead seem to always get under ...

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Ig Bo Duet: Joseph Bowie - Adam Rudolph: Good Medicine

Read "Good Medicine" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

In Good Medicine, l'incontro fra Joseph Bowie e Adam Rudolph sembra reggersi sulla dicotomia fra il trombone del primo dalle riverberanti estensioni elettroniche, e quindi avveniristiche, e le percussioni rituali, africane, materiche del secondo. In realtà la contrapposizione è solo apparente: Bowie infatti, oltre a dedicarsi anch'egli ad alcuni strumenti a percussione, tramite la sonorità ruvida del suo trombone e ...

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Adam Rudolph – Ralph M. Jones: Merely a Traveler on the Cosmic Path

Read "Merely a Traveler on the Cosmic Path" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Con Jones di preferenza ai flauti, di fogge e profumi diversi (prevalgono comunque quelli etnici), e Rudolph alle percussioni più aromatico-coloristiche nonché, senza eccessi, all'elettronica, quest'ottimo CD, ricorrendo con generosità alla sovraincisione, spande attorno a sé afrori e suggestioni molto prossimi all'universo extra-occidentale piuttosto che il contrario. Gli episodi in cui Jones imbraccia, per contro, ance più ...

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Adam Rudolph Go: Organic Orchestra: The Sound of a Dream

Read "The Sound of a Dream" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dal quinto disco dell'orchestra inventata (all'inizio dello scorso decennio) e diretta da Rudolph fluisce un immenso quanto affascinante magma sonoro. Vi si riuniscono decine di archi e fiati e all'orizzonte si delinea una sorta di battaglia perenne tra improvvisazione totale, strutture costruite su immensi lastricati sonori, momenti ripetitivi, corpose sezioni e una sorta di sinfonismo contemporaneo innestato su ...

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Yusef Lateef - Adam Rudolph: Towards the Unknown

Read "Towards the Unknown" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il prossimo 9 ottobre Yusef Lateef varcherà l'invidiabile soglia dei novant'anni. All'epoca di questa incisione, lo scorso 17 settembre, ne aveva dunque quasi ottantanove, e già questo ha del sorprendente. Lateef è in effetti uno di quei grandi del jazz che hanno sempre vissuto la vicenda-maestra della musica afroamericana su posizioni un po' defilate, periferiche, a dispetto di un rilievo ...

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Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra: Thought Forms

Read "Thought Forms" reviewed by Matthew Miller

About a minute and a half into “Mirrors," track two on Thought Forms, the distinct voices of Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra begin to blend. Percussive tongue slaps, growling flutes and slashed cymbals collect in a glowing sonic aggregate; overtones arch up, out and over the thirty-plus member band. The effect is otherworldly and, like everything ...

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Wadada Leo Smith & Adam Rudolph: Compassion

Read "Compassion" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Compassion, a beautiful duet recording by Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph, provides a welcome addition to jazz' long tradition of spiritual expression. Recorded live in 2002 at a concert in Venice, California, the disc features Smith on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Rudolph on handrumset, dusu'ngoni, sibsi, vocal, kalimbas, gongs, cymbals and percussion.

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