Mickey Hart – Planet Drum (1991/2016) [ProStudioMasters FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Mickey Hart – Planet Drum (1991/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:01:50 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: World, New Age
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | Front Cover | © 360 Productions
Recorded: Studio X, Sonoma, CA

The Grateful Dead’s drummer Mickey Hart released this world music album in 1991 in conjunction with a book of the same title, both celebrating percussionists from different musical cultures around the world. Hart earned the first-ever world music Grammy Award for Planet Drum, which also hit number one on Billboard’s world music chart. This 25th anniversary reissue includes three bonus tracks.

“This experience was about people wanting to come together: folks weren’t culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the right place at the right time for a new gumbo, a new way of coming together, egoless, in the spirit, to have fun and record a classic 20th century gamelan, which has always been the carrot for me. I always wanted to ring that bell.” -Mickey Hart

Planet Drum is the brainchild of Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, whose research into world drum styles has yielded some interesting and important recordings. On this one, he brings together artists from cultures as diverse as India, Brazil, and Nigeria. The idea was for everyone to simply get together, start playing, and see what would happen. What happened, predictably, was a wonderful learning and bonding experience for the drummers and a recording that is, overall, pretty boring for those who weren’t a part of it. Some of the album’s best moments feature singer Flora Purim (“Light Over Shadow,” “Lost River”); another is an exciting program piece called “The Hunt.” “Temple Caves,” a fragile and lovely piece that defines more space than it fills, is another high point. But most of the album consists of repetitive, monochromatic jams that start out pleasant and lulling and quickly become merely annoying. Having the Indian percussionist “Vikku” Vinayakram play alongside Babatunde Olatunji may make for a heartwarming sociopolitical statement, but the resulting music doesn’t really go anywhere or do anything. Recommended only to the most uncritical panculturalists. -AllMusic Review by Rick Anderson

1 Udu Chant 03:44
2 Island Groove 05:44
3 Light Over Shadow 03:52
4 Dance Of The Hunter’s Fire 03:00
5 Jewe “You Are The One” 04:06
6 The Hunt 03:50
7 Temple Caves 03:15
8 The Dancing Sorcerer 02:57
9 Bones 04:13
10 Lost River 02:59
11 Evening Samba 04:31
12 Iyanu “Surprises” 02:04
13 Mysterious Island 05:37
14 Sea Of Showers 04:52
15 Throat Games 02:27
16 The Spot 04:39

Mickey Hart, Sikiru Adepoju, Molonga Casquelord
Frank Colón, Giovanni Hidalgo, Zakir Hussain
Bruce Langhorne, Airto Moreira, Caryl Ohrbach
Babatunde Olatunji, Flora Purim, Gordy Ryan
Jeff Sterling, T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram