The Imagine Project (Hancock Records/RED)
Peppered with a
roster of guest artists ranging from India.Arie, Pink and Seal to Wayne
Shorter, Jeff Beck and The Chieftains, the 10-track CD features a vocal at
every turn. Unusual cover choices, including Dylan’s “The Times They Are
A-Changin’,” the Beatles’ trippy “Tomorrow Never Knows” and, most unlikely,
Matthew Moore’s “Space Captain,” add to the disc’s eclecticism. The one
constant is Hancock’s elegant, understated keyboard work, of which there is far
too little. Jazz for a new age may not sound like jazz at all, and perhaps
that’s the lesson Hancock wants to teach us.
Herbie Hancock brings “The Imagine Project Tour” to the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Bingo Casino on Aug. 20.