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ADAM RUDOLPH and RALPH JONES.
Yy.

Meta 011, 63:39.
metarecords.com

by Steve Koenig

Although individually 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.

 



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