1 Giant Leap

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
The global village shrinks down to a single neighborhood in this ambitious project. Rhythm is the road that runs through it all, drawing residents from most of the corners of the world; odd, though, that with legions gathered from India, Africa, New Zealand, Europe, and the U.S., no one from South or Latin America, or from any Native American cultures, joined the party. Even so, producers Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto accomplish a miracle of sorts by traveling to far-flung places and recording dozens of singers and musicians. Each artist contributes parts to one or another song, which are subsequently arranged into often-dazzling pastiches on frameworks of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
The global village shrinks down to a single neighborhood in this ambitious project. Rhythm is the road that runs through it all, drawing residents from most of the corners of the world; odd, though, that with legions gathered from India, Africa, New Zealand, Europe, and the U.S., no one from South or Latin America, or from any Native American cultures, joined the party. Even so, producers Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto accomplish a miracle of sorts by traveling to far-flung places and recording dozens of singers and musicians. Each artist contributes parts to one or another song, which are subsequently arranged into often-dazzling pastiches on frameworks of sensuous rhythm. The results are quite extraordinary: On "The Way You Dream" Michael Stipe's vocal floats into a flurry of jungle beats, which are animated by furious hand-drumming and sweetened by New Zealand flute putorino and Mandinka harp kora. These elements melt together in total harmony, as if these disparate musicians had grown up playing together. 1 Giant Leap surprises constantly in this way, yet Bridgeman and Catto are apparently trying to make a point beyond music. The fact that the recipe for the human organism 70 percent water, 18 percent carbon, five percent nitrogen, two percent calcium appears on the back cover suggests that the moral has something to do with the universality of mankind. Another reading is possible: If musicians are going to communicate over undeniable barriers, pop music -- arguably the simplistic distillation of all that culture has to offer -- is, for better or worse, the lingua franca.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • UPC: 660200207724
  • Catalog Number: 2077
  • Sales rank: 103,645

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dunya Salam - Baaba Maal (2:55)
  2. 2 My Culture (5:39)
  3. 3 The Way You Dream (8:20)
  4. 4 Ma' Africa (4:48)
  5. 5 Braided Hair (4:03)
  6. 6 Ta Moko - Whiri Mako Black (5:09)
  7. 7 Bushes - Baaba Maal (6:34)
  8. 8 Passion - Michael Franti (5:46)
  9. 9 Daphne - Revetti Sakalar (7:03)
  10. 10 All Alone (On Eilean Shona) (7:50)
  11. 11 Racing Away (5:59)
  12. 12 Ghosts - Eddi Reader (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
1 Giant Leap Primary Artist
Baaba Maal Vocals
Mahotella Queens Vocals
Dana Gillespie Chant
Eddie Quansah Trumpet
Horace Andy Vocals
Kurt Vonnegut Spoken Word
Ram Dass Spoken Word
Eddi Reader Vocals
Duncan Bridgeman Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Neneh Cherry Vocals
Sanjay Kumar Guitar
Grant Lee Phillips Vocals
Bada Seck Djembe, Sabar
Michael Stipe Vocals
Ayub Ogada Nyatiti
Lévon Minassian Duduk
Asha Bhosle Vocals
Ronu Majumdar Flute
Robbie Williams Vocals
Pops Mohamed Percussion, Kora, Bird Calls
Nigel Butler Guitar
Maxi Jazz Vocals
Ulali Vocals, Spoken Word
Tim Robbins Spoken Word
Dave Randall Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jamie Catto Group Member
DJ Swamp scratching
Technical Credits
Tim Clark Executive Producer
Duncan Bridgeman Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Michael Franti Poetry
Speech Contributor
Nigel Butler Programming
Suzette Newman Executive Producer
Jamie Catto Producer
Joe "Fingers" Webster & His River City Jazzmen Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unique fusion of upbeats and ethnicities

    This CD varies from many other compilations I've heard in its category because of its funky, up-tempo beats and its sensitivity to the soul of sound in our hugely multicultural, musical arena. I liken much of it to the musical equivalent of a masseuse's touch , as opposed to many similarly-categoried compilations' mindless touch. You will feel this album, and it will transport you into it. When you get here, say hello...;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Slight Correction

    The All Music Guide Reviewer laments the lack of Native American voices in the 1 Giant Leap project, however, the reviewer is lamenting in error. The fabulous trio of Native American vocalists, Ulali, are a regular feature in several of the tracks on the CD as well as the DVD.

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