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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

Mickey Hart is a drummer, an ethnomusicologist, and an author. He joined the Grateful Dead as its second percussionist in 1967. In 1970, Hart left the Dead and cut the solo album Rolling Thunder in 1972, featuring various members of the Dead. Hart returned to the band in 1974. Hart's musical activities outside the Dead have been extensive. In 1976, the Dead's Round Records label released Diga by the Diga Rhythm Band, an early experiment in worldbeat fusion put together by Hart. His interaction with...
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