Planet Drum Planet Drum is more than just an album. This is the aural branch of Grateful Dead percussionist Hart's grand "Planet Drum" project, a vision that… Planet Drum Planet Drum is more than just an album. This is the aural branch of Grateful Dead percussionist Hart's grand "Planet Drum" project, a vision that… Mickey Hart World
Music Review

Planet Drum (1991)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Mickey Hart; Genre: World

Planet Drum is more than just an album. This is the aural branch of Grateful Dead percussionist Hart's grand ''Planet Drum'' project, a vision that also embraces Planet Drum the coffee-table book, and the Planet Drum Foundation (which, according to the liner notes, is ''committed to a synthesis of people and habitat through bioregional education''). It's all so politically correct your teeth may hurt, but at least the music itself is free of posturing. Hart has rounded up six of the ''great drummers from around the world'' to produce a spirited series of all-percussion jams. Any album that lets Nigeria's Babatunde Olatunji, Brazil's Airto Moreira, and India's Zakir Hussain whang away on everything from African drums to clay pots on their own chest cavities is worth your while, and the ingenuity of the rhythmic cross-stitching hoists most of the record far above New Age blandness. You do have to wonder, though: If Mickey Hart is so dedicated to breaking down international barriers, how come his name's the only one on the cover? B

Originally posted Nov 29, 1991 Published in issue #94 Nov 29, 1991 Order article reprints
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