What It Means To be Human is the second in a series of four albums from Jasper Høiby’s Planet B, featuring saxophonist Josh Arcoleo and drummer Marc Michel, that focus on global topics of vital importance - Humanity, Climate Change, Artificial intelligence and Monetary Reform.
This album seeks connection. A connection between humanity and the planet, between the problems we all face and about an opportunistic optimism to fix them. The mastermind is Jasper Høiby, the esteemed and revered Danish bassist and the deeply reflective, expressive and visionary artist.
Whilst there are many moments that display the virtuosity and hard-hitting grooves of Phronesis, the long-standing band that shot Jasper to the limelight, Planet B offers additional rewards of subtle expression. The music is captivating and highly absorbing, enhanced by soundscapes of electronics and interspersed with powerful, emotive speech by innovative and pioneering women thinkers including Grace Lee Boggs, Ruby Sales and Jane Goodall. They all share a profound understanding of the world, only achievable through practical wisdom, each offering their individual take on where we are as a species and what we can do to improve.
At the heart of the album is the trio. A group of like-minded and creative souls where the focus is all about the collective sound. As a whole, the music is a powerful, mesmerising and poignant display of musicianship, integrity and storytelling. What it Means To Be Human is an album at the forefront of the creative European scene.
released September 16, 2022
Jasper Høiby - Bass and Electronics
Josh Arcoleo - Saxophone
Marc Michel - Drums
All music composed and arranged by Jasper Høiby
Produced by Jasper Høiby
Executive producer Dave Stapleton
Recorded by August Wanngren at Tornado Studio in Copenhagen, 26, 27, 28 October 2021.
Mixed by August Wanngren in November 2021
Mastered by Peter Beckmann in London in November 2021
Album artwork by Oli Bentley, Split
Front and back cover photography by Anuar Patjane Floriuk
Speech samples and sources used on the album
Where Does it Hurt - ‘On Being’ podcast with Krista Tippett.
Grace Lee Boggs:
A Century in the World - ’On Being’ podcast with Krista Tippett
Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace - www.janegoodall.org.uk:
What It Means to Be Human - On Being’ podcast with Krista Tippett