“Global Drum Project” Review by Acoustic Music

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.

By – Mike Jurkovic

Acoustic Music