by Steve Koenig
tracked, this suite was performed live without interruption, and that's the
best way to approach it. Adam Rudolph is a percussionist and student of Yusef
Lateef, with a richly textured orchestra in residency at Roulette. Ralph Jones
is new to me, and plays reeds and other instruments.
The sound palate
is interesting. The liners distinguish the instruments as membranophones, idiophones,
and aerophones, with nary an explanation of that or the music for the general
reader. The opening makes you think of Japanese gagaku, the ancient courtly
music, hybridized with African percussion, mixed with some Jorge Reyes semi-improv
semi-new age music of ancient timeless time. It's a striking mix, often quite
beautiful, with just a few glitches.
It's been more
than 25 years since every ethane or improv student attempts multiphonic singing.
The instance here seems another case of "because he can." Overall,
the album makes me think of Marion Brown's "Afternoon Of A Georgia Faun."
Enjoyable although we've been here before.