Herbie Hancock Gives Fans A Birthday Present
Featuring Anoushka Shankar (sitarist daughter of Ravis Shankar), Chaka Khan and Wayne Shorter, "The Song Goes On" was recorded in Mumbai, India, along with a stellar group of Indian musicians, and will be available free to fans for two weeks via an embeddable streaming widget from Topspin by clicking on the following link: www.herbiehancock.com/imagine.
In addition to "The Song Goes On," tracks include "Don't Give Up," a duet recorded in London featuring Seal and Pink; "Imagine" with Konono No. l, Jeff Beck, Oumou Sangare and Lionel Louke, recorded in Paris and London; "Tamatant Tilay/Exodus" featuring Tinariwen; "Times They Are A Changin" recorded with The Chieftains, Lionel Loueke and Lisa Hannigan, in Ireland; "Space Captain" with Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi; "Mi Tierra" recorded with Latin superstar Juanes in Miami, "A Change Is Gonna Come" with James Morrison; and "Tempo de Amour" recorded with Brazilian singer-songwriter Céu and Curumin in São Paulo.
"Music truly is the universal language," says Hancock. "The Imagine Project will explore that concept across the globe, uniting a myriad of cultures through song and positive creative expression. My hope is that the music will serve as a metaphor for the actions taken by the inhabitants of this wonderful planet as a call for world harmony on all levels."
A global musing on the power of song to bring people together, the recordings for Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project have taken place in each collaborator's home territory whenever possible, and embody the spirit, hearts, sounds, colors and flavor of each locale - a complete sensory musical experience. The result is an album/film without borders, both a celebration and a call to action.
Herbie Hancock's The Imagine Project is the next step in Hancock's extraordinary ground-breaking career, and builds upon his recent successes and recognition. (2007 Grammy for Album of the Year - "River/The Joni Letters", Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, multiple award-winning album/film, "Possibilities", Jazz Chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, amongst many others). It is anticipated that The Imagine Project will take numerous forms -- from traditional album to potential "webisodes," film/documentary, real-time performances, and special concert touring dates, including birthday tributes at Carnegie Hall on June 24th and the Hollywood Bowl September 1st, both of which will feature special guests.
Award-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeline Peyroux, Luciana Souza, Tracy Chapman, Melody Gardot and Hancock's collaborator on "River") has served as producer on a number of the album's tracks.
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