The Imagine Project (Hancock Records, 2010)
For the Imagine Project, legendary jazz keyboardist has assembled quite a collection of international stars, including rock, pop, American roots, jazz and world music luminaries. The list is impressive:
Anoushka Shankar, Chaka Kha, Wayne Shorter, Seal,
Konono No l, Jeff Beck,
Oumou Sangare, India Arie, Marcus Miller, Tinariwen, Los Lobos, The Chieftains,
Toumani Diabate, Lisa Hannigan, Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Juanes,
Ceu, and others.
Hancock has chosen well known musical pieces and, as you can imagine, the pieces go in various directions, ranging from pop to more elaborate roots and jazz-based music. The album’s highlights are "Tempo de Amor" with Brazil’s Céu; "Space Captain" with blues rockers Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks; "The Times, They Are A’ Changin’" with The Chieftains, Toumani Diabate, & Lisa Hannigan; "Tamatant Tilay / Exodus" with Tinariwen, Los Lobos and K’Naan; and "Tomorrow Never Knows" with a Dave Matthews that sounds eerily similar to Peter Gabriel.
The Imagine Project is a dazzling fusion of world music, American roots, contemporary jazz and pop by some of the biggest names in the international music scene.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.