Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project

Let’s get this straight, when it comes to Jazz Herbie Hancock is a peerless genius. Let’s get something else straight, this ain’t Jazz. This celebration of his 70th year takes the form of a selection of ‘classic’ cover version upon which Hancock is joined by a phalanx of luminaries ranging from P!nk and Seal through to Jeff Beck and Tinariwen. Another legend who’d have celebrated his 70th birthday this year, had he lived, is John Lennon, and he’s represented here by a perplexing version of ‘Imagine’, which ranges from excruciating hyperventilating soul screeching from P!nk through to rhythmic afrobeat, and an indescribably soul-destroying version of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ (Seriously, I mean, don’t even ask...). Musically, as you might expect, it is flawless but one is forced to question why such stellar talents are wasting their time on such bland, MOR tedium. Bringing together The Chieftans, Lisa Hannigan and Toumani Diabate is a stroke of genius, but having them cover Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A Changing’ is a missed opportunity. The Imagine Project is the ideal soundtrack for an afternoon in Starbucks and I can think of no more withering a back-handed compliment than that.

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Last updated: 18/04/2018 15:09:55

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