SOME STUFFS: Herbie Hancock to release new album, followed by a tour that coincides with his 70th birthday

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Herbie Hancock had covered a lot of musical ground in the last 45 years, moving in and out of jazz and pop, influencing electronic music in his own way, and also become a part of hip-hop’s legacy. Now, as he enters his 70th year in life, he will be releasing an album that has been years in the making, a concept that brings him together with many artists around to world to celebrate music and life. He calls this The Imagine Project, scheduled for release on June 22, 2010 via Hancock Records/RED.

You’ll no doubt hear about these songs for the next three months, so let me just post a partial list of the people who are collaborating with on this album:
Anoushka Shankar
Chaka Khan
Pink
Seal
Wayne Shorter
Marcus Miller
Céu
Juanes
Jeff Beck
The Chieftains
Derek Trucks
Susan Tedeschi
Dave Matthews

For this album, Hancock recorded and collaborated in Mumbai, India; São Paulo. Brazil; London, Miami, and Ireland. He could have easily collaborated via e-mail, transferring digital files back and forth, but the chemistry that is an important part of Hancock’s music would not be there, so everyone was able to see each other face to face and perform.

The album will be promoted in a number of ways, including a documentary film, and a concert tour. In time, all will be revealed in the months ahead.

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