The Imagine Project

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The Imagine Project
Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)
Studiovarious
GenreJazz
Length66:11[1]
LabelHancock
Producer
Herbie Hancock chronology
River: The Joni Letters
(2007)
The Imagine Project
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
All About Jazz4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian3/5 stars[4]
Metro2/5 stars[5]
PopMatters5/10[6]

The Imagine Project is a studio album by American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock released on June 22, 2010.[7]

Background[edit]

The album, which was recorded in many locations throughout the world and features collaborations with various artists, was complemented by a documentary about the recording process.[8] Hancock's interpretations of these songs are cross-cultural. His version of "Imagine" was inspired by the Congolese group Konono N°1, and won the 2011 Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" (the final year that that award was given). The instruments used on "The Times, They Are A' Changin" combine the West African kora with the Celtic flute, fiddle and Uilleann pipes.[9] It was released in CD, digital download and vinyl.

Reception[edit]

George Varga of JazzTimes noted "This hit-or-miss quality is present throughout the album, which-despite its diverse lineup and lofty ambitions-too often errs on the side of caution and politeness, when risk-taking and surprise would have made this a recording truly worthy of Hancock’s expansive skills and imagination".[10] John Eyles of BBC wrote "Ironically, in 2005 Hancock was elected to the Jazz Hall of Fame, since when the jazz aspects of his music have waned. Although The Imagine Project is entertaining and engaging, its jazz content is limited. Fans will hope that the 70-year-old still has another great jazz album in him – preferably alongside Shorter".[11]

Track listing[edit]

[12][13][14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Featured artist(s)Length
1."Imagine"John Lennon7:18
2."Don't Give Up"Peter Gabriel7:26
3."Tempo de Amor"Céu4:41
4."Space Captain"Matthew Moore6:54
5."The Times, They Are A' Changin'"Bob Dylan8:04
6."La Tierra"Juan Esteban AristizabalJuanes4:50
7."Tamatant Tilay / Exodus"
4:45
8."Tomorrow Never Knows"Lennon–McCartneyDave Matthews5:21
9."A Change Is Gonna Come"Sam CookeJames Morrison8:46
10."The Song Goes On"Larry Klein7:48
Total length:66:11

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic[15]

  • Herbie Hancock – arrangement, keyboards, piano, prepared piano, production, background vocals
  • Alex Acuña – percussion
  • John Alagia – production
  • Ibrahim Ag Alhabib – background vocals
  • Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Saïd Ag Ayad – djembe, background vocals
  • Lawrence Azerrad – design
  • Danny Barnes – banjo, bass, guitar
  • Jeff Beck – guitar
  • Chris Bolster – assistant engineering
  • Richard Bravo – percussion
  • Kofi Burbridge – Hammond B3, vocals
  • Oteil Burbridge – bass, vocals
  • Rodrigo Campos – percussion
  • Denis Caribaux – engineering
  • Céu – vocals
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Michael Chaves – guitar
  • The Chieftains – featured artist
  • K.S. Chithra – vocals
  • Vinnie Colaiuta – drums, tambourine
  • Kevin Conneff – bodhran
  • Rodrigo "Funai" Costa – assistant engineering
  • Curumin – drums
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Toumani Diabaté – kora
  • Yaya Diarra – engineering
  • Fatoumata Diawara – vocals
  • Larry Goldings – Hammond B3
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Roland Guillotel – engineering
  • Helik Hadar – engineering, mixing
  • Elaga Ag Hamid – guitar, background vocals
  • Jessica Hancock – production coordination, background vocals
  • Lisa Hannigan – vocals
  • Ken Hertz – arrangement, production
  • David Hidalgo – vocals
  • The Hill-Tones – background vocals
  • Graham Hope – assistant engineering
  • Shantau Hudikar – engineering
  • India.Arie – vocals
  • Anand Iyer – second engineer
  • Juanes – arrangement, vocals, production
  • Manu Katché – drums
  • Bhawai Shankar Kathak – pakhawaj drum
  • Seán Keane – fiddle
  • Alan Kelly – assistant engineering
  • Chaka Khan – vocals
  • Abhishek Khandelwal – assistant engineering, Pro-Tools
  • Douglas Kirkland – photography
  • Andrew Kitchen – assistant engineering
  • Larry Klein – bass, keyboards, background vocals
  • K'naan – vocals
  • Konono Nº1 – featured artist
  • Rhani Krija – percussion
  • Abdallah Ag Lamida "Intidao" – guitar, background vocals
  • Eyadou Ag Leche – bass guitar, background vocals
  • John Legend – vocals
  • Hugo Legrand – assistant engineering
  • Gustavo Lenza – engineering
  • Frank Lillis – lyric translation
  • Lionel Loueke – guitar
  • Los Lobos – featured artist
  • Jim Lowe – engineering
  • Conrad Lozano – vocals
  • Lucas Martins – electric bass
  • Dave Matthews – guitar, vocals
  • Mike Mattison – vocal arrangement, vocals
  • Ndofusu Mbiyavanga – percussion
  • Wagner Bigu Meirinho – assistant engineering
  • Cesar Mejia – engineering
  • Dani Michelle – wardrobe
  • Marcus Miller – arrangement, bass, production
  • Bill Mims – assistant engineering
  • Mawangu Mingiedi – likembe
  • Alan Mintz – executive production, background vocals
  • Matt Molloy – flute
  • Paddy Moloney – tin whistle, Uilleann pipes
  • Mandy Montiero – groomer
  • James Morrison – vocals
  • Melinda Murphy – executive production, production coordination
  • Áine Ní Ghlinn – lyric translation
  • Chris Owens – assistant engineering, Pro-Tools
  • Dean Parks – guitar
  • Sridhar Parthasarthy – mridangam
  • Louie Pérez – vocals
  • Cindi Peters – production coordination
  • P!nk – vocals
  • Maria Ruvalcaba – background vocals
  • Jaideep Sahni – translation
  • Oumou Sangare – vocals
  • Brian Scheuble – engineering
  • Eric Schilling – engineering
  • Seal – vocals
  • Anoushka Shankar – sitar
  • Wayne Shorter – saxophone (soprano)
  • Jaime Sickora – assistant engineering
  • Patrick Spain – assistant engineering
  • Satyajit Talwalkar – tabla
  • Ibrahim Tangara – engineering
  • Susan Tedeschi – vocals
  • Tinariwen – featured artist
  • Bobby Tis – engineering
  • Fernando Tobon – guitar
  • Alhassane Ag Touhami – arrangement, guitar, vocals
  • Derek Trucks – arrangement, guitar, production
  • Visi Vincent – drums
  • Marty Wall – engineer
  • Pete Wallace – keyboards
  • George Whitty – keyboards, sound design
  • Tal Wilkenfeld – bass
  • Bill Winn – engineering
  • Richard Woodcraft – engineering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 53[16]
Dutch Albums Chart 35[17]
German Albums Chart 27[18]
Greek Albums Chart 40[19]
Norwegian Albums Chart 25[20]
Polish Albums Chart 12[21]
Spanish Albums Chart 43[22]
Swiss Albums Chart 29[23]
Billboard Jazz Albums 2[24]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kelman, John (June 21, 2010). "Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project". All About Jazz. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
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  4. ^ Fordham, John (29 July 2010). "Herbie Hancock: The Imagine Project". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  5. ^ Murphy, Siobhan (1 August 2010). "Herbie Hancock's Imagine Project needed more imagination". Metro. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
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  12. ^ "Album page". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
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