Dafos

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All Music Guide - 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 D?fos 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 ...
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All Music Guide - 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 Däfos 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. "Saudação 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 Däfos." According to the brief text supplied for each song title, the lengthy "Passage" depicts the journey once inside the Gates of Däfos, which develops from the atmosphere of a pastoral setting to the urban sounds of sambas and celebrations. Upon its release, Däfos 1985 garnered substantial notice from audiophiles, including a write-up in Absolute Sound that is reprinted in the Rykodisc CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431010828
  • Catalog Number: 10108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dry Sands of the Desert - Flora Purim (5:05)
  2. 2 Ice of the North - Flora Purim (1:20)
  3. 3 Reunion I/Reunion II/Reunion III - Flora Purim (9:52)
  4. 4 Saudação Popular - Flora Purim (5:12)
  5. 5 Psychopomp - Flora Purim (4:54)
  6. 6 Subterranean Caves of Kronos - Flora Purim (2:12)
  7. 7 The Gates of Däfos - Flora Purim (3:55)
  8. 8 Passage - Flora Purim (10:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mickey Hart Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Stick, Vocals, Background Vocals, Berimbau, Track Performer, Saron, Tubular Bells, Tars
Airto Moreira Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Track Performer
Flora Purim Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Track Performer
Batucaje Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals, Berimbau
Habib Bishop Drums, Tars
Brian Crittenden Drums, Tars
Jody Diamond Saron
Marcos Antonio Dias Vocals
Mica Katz Drums, Tars
Daniel Kennedy Drums, Tars
Shabda Khan Drums, Tars
Jose Lorenzo Percussion, Vocals
Khadija Mastah Drums, Tars
Ray Patch Drums, Tars
Bobby Vega Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Steve Douglas Wind, Woodwind
Technical Credits
Mickey Hart Producer, Contributor, beats
Airto Moreira Producer
Carlos Goméz Contributor
Mario Abruzzo Contributor
Babatunde Contributor
Jody Diamond Contributor
Tom Flye Engineer, Remixing
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
J. Tamblyn Henderson Executive Producer
Jose Lorenzo Director
Marcia Martin Executive Producer
Keith Wonderboy Johnson Engineer
Jorge Perez Contributor
J.E. Tully Cover Design
Henry Flood Contributor
Rene Macay Contributor
Keith O. Johnson Producer, Engineer
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