Mike Dillon, Earl Harvin and Arnold Young. Universal Pulse, a 2004 session professionally recorded in Kansas City and released by the netlabel Muteant Sounds last month, is nothing like a self-indulgent drum circle. The elite percussionists wield a variety of instruments and reference rhythms from several cultures, but Universal Pulse isn’t a dreaded world music project. Some of the best bits sound like a mob of preternaturally funky children banging on pots and pans. Chuck E. Cheese’s is going to have to wait.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)