playing time: 57' 40 "
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Adam Rudolph (handrumset, thumb pianos, qarqaba, naqqara, tarija, caxixi, gourd, percussion)
Brahim Fribgane (oud, cajon, bendir, tarija)
Graham Haynes (cornet, flugelhorn, slide whistle)
Hamid Drake (drum set, gourd, frame drum)
Kenny Wessel (electric and acoustic guitars)
Ned Rothenberg (shakuhachi, bass clarinet, bass flute, alto saxophone, C flute)
Shanir Blumenkrantz (upright acoustic bass, sintir)
Steve Gorn (bansuri bamboo flutes, clarinet, Indian penny whistles, Pakistani oboe)
THE VIOLET HOUR 1:08
TWILIGHT LAKE 7:22
HAPPINESS ROAD 3:06
COUSIN OF THE MOON 7:34
A VISION OF PURE DELIGHT 5:11
DREAM GARDEN 2:03
THE SPHINX 2:58
WALKING THE CURVE 5:40
Music composed and conducted by Adam Rudolph
Recorded November 21 and 22, 2006 by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studio, New Jersey
Mixed and Mastered February 2007 by Bryan Carlstrom at Tranzformer Studios, Burbank CA
Produced by Adam Rudolph
Photos by Adam Rudolph
Design by Reid Morris
Special thanks to Robert Browning and Bill Laswell
Adam Rudolph appears courtesy of Meta Records
BEST CD OF 2008 LISTS:
All Music Guide – AMG Staff
Downbeat - Shaun Brady
Village Voice – Staff Picks
Signal to Noise - Jason Weiss
Downbeat Poll - Beyond Artist/Group
The Independent Ear – Willard Jenkins
Philadelphia Inquirer - David R. Adler
Boston Globe - Steve Greenlee
All About Jazz - J Hunter
Jazz Times – Staff Picks
Adam Rudolph is percussion master, composer, arranger, and producer. On Dream Garden, his debut for Justin Time Records, Rudolph moves his group into an entirely new sphere, one in which the culminations of his hundreds of collaborations and his multi-disciplinary approach to composition and improvisation all come to bear on a single recording.
This is, thus far, a career achievement for Rudolph, one that should finally make the jazz world sit up and take notice of this man as a front line composer and bandleader, as an arranger, mentor, and improviser who doesn't acknowledge boundaries between different musical traditions, but knows and respects their lineages enough to understand how they connect and speak to one another endlessly.
Thom Jurek - All Music Guide
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At the Painted Bride Art Center on 3/1 Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures gave its listeners a musical journey around the world in 2 hours or less. Days later, some were still talking about the concert, saying things such as “life affirming” and “the most beautiful music I’ve heard in a long time.” Rudolph, who recently moved back East, has been a long time explorer of world sounds and instruments. He has developed a series of grids, each with their own sonic integrity. The harmonies produced are not traditional and lead to unique sounds. Wessel said, “one of the cool things about this band is that we are all in the process of discovery. I’m having fun…We’re like kids learning new material.”
The compositions tended to be short with a nice mix in tempo variation. Gorn’s bamboo flute and Rothenberg’s shakuhachi work were precise, thrilling and exotic. Haynes’ horns added a Miles-esque edge along with enough grit to dig in and Drake, as always, was masterful, either laying back setting the mood or freeing it up late in the affair. Rudolph primarily jammed on his handrumset when he wasn’t directing the band, tossing forth wide ranging rhythms. His duo with Drake was priceless.
Ken Weiss - Cadence Magazine
I've dug everything I've heard from Adam Rudolph in the past, but this disc is extraordinary. With 'Dream Garden,' Adam has put together an incredible all-star ensemble with most members based in the New York area. With two master percussionists involved, this music is often rhythmically based and we often hear layers of interlocking rhythms.
This wonderful, quietly intense music also combines many cultures, as well as the ancient with the modern.
Bruce Lee Galanter - Downtown Music Gallery
EDITORIAL RATING: 5 stars
Adam Rudolph has been working towards a truly universal sound for 30 years and on Dream Garden, he finds it. His brilliantly soulful band members are each possessed of an expansive musical vocabulary. With amazing tonal variety, they chart a course between freedom and polyrhythmic fury. Rudolph’s percussion arrangements — featuring Hamid Drake at his very best — are dense and driving, and his powerful melodies recall New Thing jazz at its finest. This is life-affirming music
David Dacks - Eye Weekly
Adam's music is more liberated than free jazz, much more dynamic than fusion and it brings the world back home. Through complex rhythmic patterns and brilliant instrumentation, Dream Garden is a vibrant collage that's soulful, edgy and refreshingly spiritual.
Marc Myers - Jazz Wax
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