Rudolph has been scrambling genres since 1977 while a member of Mandingo Griot Society, Foday Musa Suso's kora-funk experiment, but the seeds for Moving Pictures were sown in 1991's Gift of the Gnawa -- with Hassan Hakmoun, Don Cherry and Richard Horowitz -- which combined Moroccan and Indian rhythms as the kernal of jazz-based explorations. His expanded roster this time includes Shankar on double violin; Wah Wah Watson, electric guitar; Jihad Racy, Middle Eastern flutes; Susan Allen, concert harp; Ralph Jones, saxophones, woodwinds; and G.E. Stinson, bottleneck slide guitar -- plus Rudolph on hand drums and samples. Results are as uneven as you might expect, but Rudolph lets in enough chaos to keep the experiment full of life.
Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures Review
by Bob Tarte