Magic Triangle Jazz Series: Adam Rudolph/Hamid Drake Duo with Ralph C Jones
October 2, 2017
UMass Amherst Campus
Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph met at the age of 14 in a downtown Chicago drum shop. For the past 40 years, their shared love of rhythm and music of the world has taken them around the world performing together with Fred Anderson, Don Cherry, Yusef Lateef, Pharaoh Sanders, Hassan Hakmoun, Hu: Vibrational, Mandingo Griot Society, and Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures. Their shared creative outlook, global music research and performing experience have allowed them to forge a unique musical understanding.
For the past four decades composer, improviser and percussionist Adam Rudolph has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Rudolph has been hailed as "a pioneer in world music" by the New York Times and "a master percussionist" by Musician Magazine. He has released over 25 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for Moving Pictures, Hu: Vibrational percussion group, and Go: Organic Orchestra, for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. In 1995 Rudolph premiered his opera, The Dreamer, based on the text of Friedreich Nietzsche's "The Birth of Tragedy." Rudolph has performed with Jon Hassell, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, L. Shankar, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith and Omar Sosa. He has toured extensively and recorded 15 albums with Yusef Lateef.
By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers like Peter Brotzmann, Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 1970s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career. Drake has worked with extensively with Fred Anderson and William Parker, and has collaborated with Don Cherry, Herbie Hancock, David Murray and Reggie Workman.
Growing up in what he described as the “musical womb” of Detroit, Ralph C Jones was surrounded by Motown and improvisation-oriented mentors. He began playing clarinet at 7, before later learning saxophone. At 14, Jones met jazz saxophonist Yusef Lateef, who became his lifelong friend and mentor and with whom he would travel the world playing concerts and studying musical cultures. Jones has taught at Oberlin and Spelman College.