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HERBIE HANCOCK-THE IMAGINE PROJECT-HANCOCK BRINGS OUT ELITE PERFORMANCES-JOHN EMMS MUSIC REVIEWS

 

For starters this is flat out one of the best sounding recordings I have heard in recent memory. The depth and clarity is stunning!  The vinyl version will I’m sure be a revelation.

Ok, that’s out of the way.

Herbie Hancock as the old saying goes “has forgot more about making music than most could even learn in a lifetime”” That’s probably a fact

So when Hancock releases an album to the pop market, it’s sure to be genuine but maybe not a multi-platinum seller.

Let’s face it, fusing the textures of straight jazz to pop music can be messy. In fact the melodic end of jazz is not usually appreciated by today’s ‘POP’ music download crowd.  Anyone who listens to music these days wants and often seeks out the solid hook or riff.  There is nothing wrong with that.

On the Imagine Project Hancock attempts to unify an international cast of musicans into a whole meaningful collaboration. You could say a binding musicality worldwide where songs can make a difference.

On the Imagine Project Hancock and friends move the listener in stunning fashion.

Let’s be clear this recording will NOT change our crazy world.  But what it does show is music indeed is a universal global movement

The meat of this is cd comes down to elite perfomances by some of the biggest talents in the world of music. Space Captain featuring Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Hancock  is a tour de force of soul and groove. It has to heard to be believed.

Peter Gabriel’s Don’t Give Up moves in familar territory but Pink and John Legend  infuse it with new found relevance. The same could be said about the cover of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are Changing featuring an extrordinary vocal by Lisa Hannigan and an outro jam by Hancock and guitarist Lionel Loueke along with the backing of The Chieftans.

K’NAAN welds together a world music throwdown with Tinatiwen, Los Lobos and Hancock into a blend held together by Larry Klein’s killer bass groove. It should be noted Klein also produces and arranges this project with Hancock. 

Without going into more detail it’s  sure fire musicianship by James Morrsion on Sam Cooke’s A Changes Gonna Come, Dave Matthews on John Lennon’s Tomorrow Never Knows and Anoushka Shankar’s excellent sitar working against Wayne Shorter’s sax work on on The Song Goes On that puts this album into Orbit.

Elsewhere vocalists Chaka Khan, Juanes, and Indie Arie reach new heights.

A world album of the tallest order! I will feature some of this recoridng on a special jazz roots radio feature of Collection of Songs http://emms.podbean.com/

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, radio show host and musician.

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