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Mickey Hart, Airto, Flora Purim - Dafos [Reference Recordings RR-12] (1983)

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Mickey Hart, Airto, Flora Purim



Released: 1983
Label: Reference Recordings
Catalog: RR-12
Pressing: JAMC
Genre: Jazz, Latin, Afro-Cuban
Note: 45 RPM pressing

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Dry Sands Of The Desert
02 Saudacao Popular
03 Ice Of The North
04 Reunion
05 Subterranean Caves Of Kronos
06 The Gates Of Dafos
07 Passage
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Album Review

Lindsay Planer []

Long before 'world music' was a widely used term, ethnomusicologist and performer Mickey Hart became enamored with the culture of rhythms. After hooking back up with the Grateful Dead in the mid-'70s, Hart began incorporating advanced time-signatures into the ''Drums'' portion of the ''Rhythm Devils'' duets with Bill Kreutzmann (drums). As described in the liner notes, this is something of a soundtrack album for a planet called Dafos (1985). Hart (tar/beam/stick/tubular bells/percussion/berimbaus/saron/vocals) is accompanied by Steve Douglas (woodwinds), Shabda Khan (tar), Jody Diamond (saron), Bobby Vega (bass), Flora Purim (vocals), Airto Moreira (percussion) and the Brazilian group Batucaje among others for a collection of ambient soundscapes adorned by an array of indigenous hand and mallet-struck percussion. Although dominated by instruments, Flora Purim's vocals during ''Reunion I'' through ''Reunion III'' are equally as expressive as Vega's propulsive electric bass interjections, backed by Hart and Moreira's perpetual pursuit. ''Saudacao Popular'' is one of the cuts to feature Batucaje, who join Hart on berimbau. The instrument's wah-wah effect is produced by the bow-like object that is struck, while the frequency is controlled by the amount of pressure the player places when moving it against the body. The mid-tempo tune incrementally increases in speed to match the intensity of the participants fervor. ''Psychopomp'' is Hart providing ambience on the amplified piano-string Beam -- that was often the highlight of the Grateful Dead's ''Space'' jams. The hollow, almost metallic ''Subterranean Caves of Kronos'' is once again just Hart on a series of subdued melodic tubular bell progressions. Conversely cacophonous is the multi-drum Beast, a 25-foot round aluminum frame able to support a capacious assemblage of drums. Its use became another zenith of Grateful Dead shows and Hart gives it a workout on the hell-bound ''Gates of Dafos.'' According to the brief text supplied for each song title, the lengthy ''Passage'' depicts the journey once inside the Gates of Dafos, which develops from the atmosphere of a pastoral setting to the urban sounds of sambas and celebrations. Upon its release, Dafos (1985 [1983]) garnered substantial notice from audiophiles, including a write-up in Absolute Sound that is reprinted in the Rykodisc CD edition.

Mickey Hart's Biography

William Ruhlmann []

Most artists would be happy with a single successful career. Not Mickey Hart. A drummer with the nearly mythic band Grateful Dead, Hart managed to escape the stasis that legends often devolve into by following a path of the spirit that led him to world music. The journey began with a friendship with Indian master drummer Zakir Hussain that spawned 1975's Diga Rhythm Band, an early experiment in worldbeat fusion. Hart's interaction with drummers from around the world sparked an abiding interest in the social and mythological role of the drum in other cultures.

Hart originally joined the Grateful Dead in 1967 as its second percussionist. Three years later, he left the Dead to cut the solo album Rolling Thunder in 1972 (which featured various members of the Dead). Hart returned to the band in 1974, and stayed with them for their entire run, although his musical activities outside the Dead were 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. The years 1979 and 1980 saw the release of two albums of music from the film Apocalypse Now, much of it contributed by Hart.

In 1983, Hart released albums under the heading the World. These began with a reissue of Diga Rhythm Band. Then came a series of albums of music Hart had recorded around the world. In 1989, Hart released Music to Be Born By, an album based on the heartbeat of his son in the womb, and 1990 saw the simultaneous release of Hart's first book, Drumming at the Edge of Magic, and an album, At the Edge. In 1991, another book and disc, both called Planet Drum, appeared. Both albums made the upper reaches of the new age and world music charts. Supralingua followed in 1998, and two years later Hart returned with Spirit into Sound.

The year 2007 saw the release of Global Drum Project, co-billed to Hart with Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo. Released on Shout! Factory, it won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Music Album. The trio all appeared on Hart's next recording, 2012's Mysterium Tremendum, billed to the Mickey Hart Band and featuring seven songs written by Hart with longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. One year later, Superorganism appeared with much the same lineup, and included four songs with lyrics by Hunter. In 2017 Hart signed with Verve and delivered the album Ramu.
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