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Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain - Global Drum Project

Global Drum Project

Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain

Shout Factory Records - 826663-10706

Available from the Shout Factory Store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

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From his grade school workshops with Nigerian drummer (and future collaborator) Babatunde Olatunji; throught he polyrhythmic peaks with Bill Kreutzmann and the Grateful Dead, you could tell early on that Mickey Hart's ear heard far beyond the rock n roll spectrum.

And he's still listening.

Though fifteen years have passed since the duo released the ground-breaking and still reverberant Planet Drum, Hart & Hussain, if you'll allow one real tired and ridiculously obvious cliché, haven't missed a beat. By utilizing space age programming, production and exotically tuned percussion Global Drum Project is one hypnotically tranced-out groove around the world and into its beating heart. With like minded beat masters Giovanni Hidalgo, Sikiru Adepoju, and Taufiq Qureshi laying the relentless rhythms one upon the other; sitarist Niladari Kumar and Dilshad Khan on sarangi droning and wailing; and the entire ensemble, featuring the above mentioned Olatunji, chanting and calling upon the elders, Global Drum Project is as captivating as it is textured.

Track List:

  • Baba
  • Kaluli Groove
  • Funky Zena
  • Under One Groove
  • Dances With Wood
  • Heartspace
  • Tars
  • I Can Tell You More
Produced by: Mickey Hart & Zakir Hussain

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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