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Herbie Hancock's star-studded The Imagine Project was several years in the making, recorded in seven countries with musicians from all over the globe. Hancock's band with producer/bassist Larry Klein, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Alex Acuña, and guitarist Lionel Loueke is a common denominator. Most selections are interpretations of well-known pop, folk, and soul songs. The best things here are indeed fine. There's a gorgeous reading of Baden Powell's "Tempo de Amore" thanks to Lucas Martins' bassline and CéU's singing. "Space Captain" by the Derek Trucks-Susan Tedeschi Band --with Hancock and Colaiuta -- brings out a much-needed soulful grit to Tedeschi's vocals, gospelized four-party harmony, and tough ...
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All Music Guide
Herbie Hancock's star-studded The Imagine Project was several years in the making, recorded in seven countries with musicians from all over the globe. Hancock's band with producer/bassist Larry Klein, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Alex Acuña, and guitarist Lionel Loueke is a common denominator. Most selections are interpretations of well-known pop, folk, and soul songs. The best things here are indeed fine. There's a gorgeous reading of Baden Powell's "Tempo de Amore" thanks to Lucas Martins' bassline and CéU's singing. "Space Captain" by the Derek Trucks-Susan Tedeschi Band --with Hancock and Colaiuta -- brings out a much-needed soulful grit to Tedeschi's vocals, gospelized four-party harmony, and tough slide playing by Trucks. Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a Changin'," with Lisa Hannigan's raw, emotive vocals, is underscored by interplay between the Chieftains and Toumani Diabaté's kora and Hancock's piano. The tune actually moves past its American folk revival beginnings to reflect a worldwide sentiment. "Tamatant Tilay"/"Exodus" pairs the nomad Malian guitar band Tinariwen's song with Bob Marley's classic. Hancock's trio, K'NAAN, Tinariwen, and three members of Los Lobos are all featured on vocals. Tinariwen dominates with Hancock's funky clavinet pushing against their snaky wall of guitars and ululating singing; it's the hippest track here. Klein's "The Song Goes On" features Anoushka Shankar, Wayne Shorter, Chaka Khan, and K.S. Chithra with some lyrics translated into Hindi for the Indian vocalists. A full-on Indian session band interacts with Shorter's knotty soprano sax, and the only truly engaged Hancock piano playing on the set.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Herbie Hancock's star-studded The Imagine Project was several years in the making, and recorded in seven countries with musicians from all over the globe. Most selections are interpretations of well-known pop, folk, and soul songs. The best things here are indeed fine. There's a gorgeous reading of Baden Powell's "Tempo de Amore" thanks to Lucas Martins' bassline and CéU's singing. "Space Captain" by the Derek Trucks-Susan Tedeschi Band --with Hancock and Colaiuta -- brings out a much-needed, soulful grit in Tedeschi's vocals, gospelized four-party harmony, and tough slide playing by Trucks. A full-on Indian session band interacts with Shorter's knotty soprano sax, and the only truly engaged Hancock piano playing on the set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2010
  • Label: Hancock Records
  • UPC: 766929948426
  • Catalog Number: 99484

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Imagine - Konono No.1 (7:20)
  2. 2 Don't Give Up - John Legend (7:28)
  3. 3 Tempo de Amor - CéU (4:43)
  4. 4 Space Captain - Susan Tedeschi (6:56)
  5. 5 The Times They Are a Changin' - Lisa Hannigan (8:06)
  6. 6 La Tierra - Juanes (4:52)
  7. 7 Tamatant Tilay/Exodus - K'NAAN (4:47)
  8. 8 Tomorrow Never Knows - Dave Matthews (5:23)
  9. 9 A Change Is Gonna Come - James Morrison (8:48)
  10. 10 The Song Goes On - K.S. Chithra (7:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Prepared Piano
Matt Molloy Flute
Jeff Beck Guitar
Seal Vocals
Larry Goldings Hammond B3
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone
Dave Matthews Guitar, Vocals
Oumou Sangare Vocals
Seán Keane Fiddle
Alex Acuña Percussion
Danny Barnes Banjo, Bass, Guitar
Oteil Burbridge Bass, Vocals
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Chaka Khan Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums, Tambourine
Kevin Conneff Bodhran
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
David Hidalgo Vocals
Manu Katché Drums
Larry Klein Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Conrad Lozano Vocals
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes, tin whistle
Marcus Miller Bass
Dean Parks Guitar
Derek Trucks Guitar
George Whitty Keyboards
Toumani Diabaté Kora
Richard Bravo Percussion
Louie Pérez Vocals
Kofi Burbridge Vocals, Hammond B3
Susan Tedeschi Vocals
Anoushka Shankar Sitar
Pink Vocals
Fernando Tobon Guitar
Michael Chaves Guitar
Rodrigo Campos Percussion
Juanes Vocals
India.Arie Vocals
CéU Vocals
Pete Wallace Keyboards
Mike Mattison Vocals
Lionel Loueke Guitar
Rhani Krija Percussion
Lisa Hannigan Vocals
Saïd Ag Ayad Background Vocals, Djembe
John Legend Vocals
Curumin Drums
Jessica Hancock Background Vocals
Alan Mintz Background Vocals
K'NAAN Vocals
James Morrison Vocals
Ibrahim Ag Alhabib Background Vocals
Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Elaga Ag Hamid Guitar, Background Vocals
Abdallah Ag Lamida "Intidao" Guitar, Background Vocals
Alhassane Ag Touhami Guitar, Vocals
K.S. Chithra Vocals
Tal Wilkenfeld Bass
Lucas Martins Electric Bass
Fatoumata Diawara Vocals
Eyadou Ag Leche Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Satyajit Talwalkar Tabla
Augustin Makuntima Mawangu Likembe
Ndofusu Mbiyavanga Percussion
Visi Vincent Drums
Bhawai Shankar Kathak Pakhawaj Drum
The Hill-Tones Background Vocals
Sridhar Parthasarthy Mridamgam
Maria Ruvalcaba Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Marley Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Herbie Hancock Arranger, Producer, Concept
Baden Powell Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Larry Klein Composer
Marcus Miller Arranger, Producer
Matthew Moore Composer
Brian Scheuble Engineer
Derek Trucks Arranger, Producer
George Whitty Sound Design
John Alagia Producer
Roland Guillotel Engineer
Bill Winn Engineer
Melinda Murphy Executive Producer
Denis Caribaux Engineer
Gustavo Lenza Engineer
Juanes Arranger, Producer
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Mike Mattison Vocal Arrangements
Alan Mintz Executive Producer
Alhassane Ag Touhami Arranger, Composer, Writer
Juan Esteban Aristizabal Composer
Chris Owens Pro-Tools
Abhishek Khandelwal Pro-Tools
Helik Hadar Engineer
Eric Schilling Engineer
Marty Wall Engineer
Bobby Tis Engineer
Cesar Mejia Engineer
Jaideep Sahni translation
Ken Hertz Arranger, Producer, Concept
Mandy Montiero Groomer
Ibrahim Tangara Engineer
Yaya Diarra Engineer
Shantau Hudikar Engineer
Jim Lowe Engineer
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