With Dream Garden, multi-percussionist Adam Rudolph extends his abundant jazz worldview, incorporating shifting rhythms, multicolored textures and a swirling platform of instruments. Rudolph worked extensively with Don Cherry, who pioneered the jazz/world music fusion, and Dream Garden’s 14 tracks both celebrate and build upon that heritage.

Like a painter, Rudolph continually manipulates the songs’ and players’ tonal qualities, creating a meta-lingual musical language varied but accessible, calm but complex, melodically familiar and yet strangely exotic.

Grade: B

Dream Garden is currently available.