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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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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2010
  • Label: Hancock Records
  • UPC: 766929949928
  • Catalog Number: 99499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Imagine (7:22)
  2. 2 Don't Give Up (7:30)
  3. 3 Tempo De Amor (4:45)
  4. 4 Space Captain (6:58)
  5. 5 The Times They Are a Changin' (8:08)
  6. 6 La Tierra (4:54)
  7. 7 Tamatant Tillay/ Exodus (4:49)
  8. 8 Tomorrow Never Knows (5:25)
  9. 9 A Change Is Gonna Come (8:50)
  10. 10 The Song Goes On (7:55)
  11. 11 Maiden Voyage (5:37)
  12. 12 Rockit (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herbie Hancock Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Imagine There's No Countries

    Herbie Hancock has followed up his 2008 Album Of The Year, River: The Joni Letters, with another strong contender for the very same honor. The Imagine Project is a highly sophisticated release containing first rate performances from some world class talent....and I must stress the word 'world', for the performers are from all over the globe. I believe that nearly every continent is represented. This diversity of styles is exactly what makes this album such a unique listening experience. It isn't often that you'll hear relatively mainstream acts like Seal, Pink, Jeff Beck, Los Lobos or Chaka Khan paired with obscure artists such as Konono No 1, Tinariwen, Oumou Sangare, or K.S. Chithra.
    And with such diversity, it was imperative that Herbie chose well rounded musicians like Vinnie Colaiuta, Larry Klein, Marcus Miller, Tal Wilkenfeld, Alex Acuna and Manu Katche to provide a stellar rhythmic foundation for this music. Obviously with Hancock giving strong direction and his piano at the forefront, it is their musical knowledge and skills that give the music its inherent jazz shadings and prevent this collage of styles from suffering from what could be called the 'benefit song effect'.
    Only one track fails to impress me and that would be the weak collaboration with Dave Matthews on The Beatles classic Tomorrow Never Knows. Other than that, this is a project that I can highly recommend.

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