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Safaris to the Heart: The Songs of Joni Mitchell

by Robin Adler & Mutts of the Planet

Fresh interpretations of a selection of Joni Mitchell's vast body of work with lush vocals, A-list musicians and lavish production. Half the album is recorded live in concert.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Rock
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1. Rainy Night House
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2. Cherokee Louise
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3. Woodstock
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4. Amelia
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5. The Jungle Line
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6. Both Sides Now
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7. Night Ride Home
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8. Help Me
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Safaris to the Heart: The Songs Of Joni Mitchell

Vocalist Robin Adler and her husband, multi-instrumentalist and music producer Dave Blackburn, have been lifelong fans of the music of Joni Mitchell and, in early 2006, embarked on the ambitious project of learning her music in all its complexity and through all its epochs. To realize this goal, they formed a band dedicated solely to this music, named Mutts of the Planet, after a lyric from one of Mitchell’s songs. The band features several of San Diego’s finest musicians, many with long pedigrees in the jazz world, including Adler herself, having sung for many years with Peter Sprague.
Mutts of the Planet explore Joni Mitchell’s music from both a jazz improvisatory angle and as a traditional homage. The band has evolved many original jazz inflected arrangements of iconic Mitchell standards such as “Woodstock”, “River” and “Both Sides Now” and tackles some of the most challenging material from the later periods in Mitchell’s career. The early years are also represented in an acoustic duo setting for part of the show.
The result has been a hugely successful series of sold out concerts over a four-year period. The music is presented along with illuminating biographical details of Mitchell’s life and work, and this has been a favorite aspect for many listeners.
Mutts of the Planet celebrate the release of their double-length CD “Safaris to the Heart; The Songs of Joni Mitchell” at Tango Del Rey. It is the culmination of several months of work, from both the musicians themselves and members of the international Joni Mitchell web community, known as the JMDL. As of 2010 it appears that Joni Mitchell herself has retired from the performing stage and this project endeavors to keep her music alive in all its beauty, as a live show and now as an album of lush reinterpretations. The February 2010 edition of the San Diego Troubadour features Adler, Blackburn and this project as their feature story (; the author writes: “I can honestly say that I wasn’t in the least prepared for the ‘world class-ness’ of Robin’s voice”

Audience testimonials from the guestbook:
“Robin's vocals were dead on. I thought Joni was actually in the room!”
“Robin was incarnating the soul and spirit of our beloved Joni”
“Was it worth the 2,281 miles I traveled to hear it? Oh, heck yeah!”



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Robin Adler and Mutts of the Planet have achieved a minor miracle with this fantastic cd. They have created an entire hour's worth of Joni Mitchell songs that combines originality with respect, doing full justice to the genius behind the material while expanding on it and making it into something new. Robin Adler obviously has a deep connection to this
material. Somehow she performs the amazing feat of keeping the spirit of the songs intact while making them her own. And, in some instances, she achieves a level of soulful intensity that transcends the originals. She is solidly backed on 'Safari's to the Heart' by an ensemble of accomplished, top-notch musicians who also seem to know the secrets of Mitchell's mojo. They use Joni's music as a springboard to weave their own magic spells. The cd was produced by Robin's husband Dave Blackburn and the sound quality is first-rate. Dave also plays guitar on the cd, displaying remarkable skill at playing in Joni Mitchell's complex alternate tunings. The track list is a safari through Mitchell's broad catalogue. It includes familiar material from the late 60s, early 70s, and courageously delves into less well known, but more challenging songs from the albums that followed 'Court and Spark', all the way up to 1992's 'Night Ride Home'. Every track is a gem. The result is both a tribute to Joni Mitchell and a highly entertaining, provocative, challenging and original cd. If you love Joni Mitchell or if you just love good music, buy 'Safaris to the Heart' and get a good healthy dose 'of all that jazz'.

Bob Muller

Joni's Music gets the treatment it deserves
Much, much more than a simple 'tribute' album or a collection of covers, Robin Adler and Mutts of the Planet inhabit the music of Joni Mitchell, spanning her early days and following through to her later work which so many others have shortchanged. Robin's expressive voice feels every word and conveys it to you perfectly, and the musicians are all brilliant in their own right, offering up a variety of musical colors. Expect some new arrangements, some expanded interpretations, and most of all, expect to be blown away because you will be. Add to that the wonderful production values and you have one of 2010's finest albums, and certainly a must-have for anyone who appreciates the genius of Joni Mitchell.