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Album Review

Former Grateful Dead drummer and world music enthusiast Mickey Hart teams up again with tabla master Zakir Hussein (the two also collaborated on the landmark albums Diga Rhythm Band and Planet Drum) for 2007's Global Drum Project. As on those albums, Hart and Hussein enlist the help of some of the world's great percussionists, including Nigerian talking drum player Sikiru Adepoju and Puerto Rican conguero Giovanni Hidalgo. The album isn't quite the skull-rattling experience one might expect; instead, the grooves percolate and seduce, building trance-inducing layers that variously evoke the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia. The presence of electronics is also strong, as Hart layers the samples and digital effects over the organic bedrock created by his cadre of master drummers.


Born: September 11, 1943 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: World

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Most artists would be happy with a single successful career. Not Mickey Hart. A drummer with the nearly mythic band Grateful Dead, Hart managed to escape the stasis that legends often devolve into by following a path of the spirit which led him to world music. The journey began with a friendship with Indian master drummer Zakir Hussain that spawned 1975's Diga Rhythm Band, an early experiment in worldbeat fusion. Hart's interaction with drummers from around the world sparked an abiding interest in...
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