Adam Rudolph is a mixer-upper whose greatest gift is his ability to take pieces from here, there and beyond, toss them into scenarios in which they should collide noisily, and instead coax from them harmonious goodness and excellent adventures. At the root of Dream Garden, as in everything Rudolph touches, is the relationship between his hand drums and percussion and the sundry horns and stringed instruments his Moving Pictures octet employs. Rudolph’s résumé is stuffed with references-notable stints with Yusef Lateef and Don Cherry; membership in Mandingo Griot Society in the ’80s-that substantiated that his particular global fusion happily deviates from accepted notions of both world music and jazz without sailing off the map completely. Improvisation is key to Dream Garden’s success, but so is a continual exploration of tonal color and Moving Pictures’ East/West crossbreeding.
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