Energy of Vibratory Motion. Bands of tin are wrapped around the tongue keys of a thumb piano, a metal rattle is inserted info the end of a string instrument, a gut cord is strung across the skin of a drum: from pre-history to today musican-healers have used these and other methods to complexify the sound of their instruments in order to create a parallel "shadow line" of sound. These rhythm overtones are sometimes called "the voice of the ancestors" and are linked to the transcendent quality of the music.
Long-time occasional collaborators Wadada Leo Smith and Adam Rudolph perform improvised/composed duets from a 2002 performance live at Venice's Electric Lodge on Compassion, newly released on Rudolph's Meta Records. Both are masters of their mediums: Rudolph plays a variety of percussion instruments and at least one wind instrument to sonically shade, color, and texturize; Smith uses trumpet and flugelhorn in conventional and extended ways to complement him. With improvisers of this depth, the journey takes many unexpected turns, all rewarding.
"Alexander Balus" has a poor reputation that is at least partly undeserved. Although the plot is adapted from Macabees, the title suggests its basis in history. This makes it an anomaly among Handel’s dramatic oratorios, whose sources are usually Greek myth or the Bible. The title also makes it easy to confuse it with one of the operas. What sticks most in memory is that it’s not supposed to be very good, and for that reason I ignored it for a long time while building my Handel collection. When I finally decided to check it out I was pleasantly surprised.
Joshua is one of Handel's military themed oratorios and is based on Biblical stories of Joshua ,Performed on period instruments, this recording features D'Anna Fortunato, Grammy winner John Aler, Julianne Baird, John Ostendorf accompanied by Rudolph Palmer and the Brewer Chamber Orchestra.
Morocco's leading young Gnawa musician plays ancient African music of healing and trance, joined by world class jazz and new music improvisers. This is world fusion's true sound. A young, hip Gnawa sintir player here combines his expertise with a multi-national percussionist, a European ney player, and veteran free jazzer Don Cherry's pocket trumpet to create a soundscape that one cannot escape from. All this is done in New York City. The ney work here is perhaps the greatest contribution. The light tones wrap around all other features of the music when Richard Horowitz is playing to envelope the listener.
The album features members of the West Coast left-field Hip-Hop/Electronica community such as Daedelus and Carlos Nino A/K/A Ammon Contact alongside Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake have between them played and recorded with Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble, Don Cherry and many more. With previous releases on Scott Heren’s (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label, Hu Vibrational’s deep spiritual music draws on the links between Jazz music and avant-garde Hip-Hop.