Originally Posted by jax
Wow, I don't know any of that stuff. I don't do much rock or pop stuff at all. I'll check it out though...thanks! I'd definitely say that the Persian percussion stuff I've mentioned require "active listening"...no, they demand it. The Mickey Hart project, Dafos, not so much...more of a soundscape like the recording being discussed here, albeit a VERY rich and varied soundscape with some really heart-pounding moments. From what I can hear in the samples it takes you on a far more exotic trip. Have you actually heard it?
Yeah the Hart stuff is much more exotic, as you say. I haven't heard Dafos, but I have his later "breakthrough" recording, Planet Drum, and one of the the follow-ups, Superlingua, which came with a bonus disc. They have much more of a rhythmic tapestry overall than this Chesky recording, which is quite proficient but also very different. I used to listen to the Hart albums more back when it first came out, ironically this recording has made me appreciate that stuff again. In a word the Hart recordings are much more musical, and in a few words they have a definite world beat vibe that I really like, listening to Superlingua right now which features great African-sounding vocals to go with the drumming.
The solos that I referred to earlier are archetypical rock and roll extended solos; I just developed a new appreciation of "The Rhythm Method" recently. Moby Dick is unbelievable, that's John Bonham at his syncopated best. And The Mule is something that I would have to dig out of my old vinyl, I haven't heard it in a while but Deep Purple overall had incredible musicianship and while I am sure there are other great extended rock drum solos out there, these three really stand out for me. It would be interesting for someone with your musical tastes to hear one or more of those solos, I for one would like to hear what you think.
Have you heard any of the Rhythmdevils' stuff? That is Hart with fellow Dead drummer Kreutzmann, they had a few releases together during the same period. I am now curious about those recordings, as well as Hart's first solo release, "Rolling Thunder" which was re-released in 2005.
Edited by grokit - 4/23/11 at 12:22pm