Hu Vibrational CD review

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Hu Vibrational CD review
Jun 1, 2002, 22:53

HU VIBRATIONAL Boonghee Music 1 CD

Hu Vibrational is a percussion duo, comprised of Chicago's towering Hamid Drake and his running buddy of 30 years, Adam Rudolph. (The pair met at a drum shop when they were both 14, and first recorded together in 1978, with Don Cherry, as members of the Mandingo Griot Society.) While Drake is well-known for his full kit/trap-work with Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Willam Parker, Ken Vandermark, and other jazz greats, Rudolph, primarily a textural percussionist, has lent his craft to Yusef Lateef, altoist Ned Rothenberg, and bassist Avery Sharpe. Not surprisingly, this five-cut, 26-minute release is an atmospheric feast of exotic, organic beats and grooves. Carried by the constant, steady motion of various traditional African and Middle Eastern hand instruments such as talking drums, dumbeks, and clay Udu drums, this music revels in the shifting, soothing state of its naked timbre. Although producer/conceptual collaborator Carlos NiÅ„o rightly puts the melodic focus on the unique, natural tones of the drums themselves, Rudolph—in a perhaps personally savory reversal of beat/melody roles—contributes occasional flavorings of thumb piano, harmonium, and flute. Nice. [Meta Records/Eastern Developments Music]

-Peter Aaron

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