1 Giant Leap

1 Giant Leap

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The global village shrinks down to a single neighborhood in this ambitious project. Rhythm is the road that runs through it all, drawing residents from most of the corners of the world; odd, though, that with legions gathered from India, Africa, New Zealand, Europe, and the U.S., no one from South or Latin America, or from any Native American cultures, joined the party. Even so, producers Duncan Bridgeman and Jamie Catto accomplish a miracle of sorts by traveling to far-flung places and recording dozens of singers and musicians. Each artist contributes parts to one or another song, which are subsequently arranged into often-dazzling pastiches on frameworks of sensuous rhythm. The results are quite extraordinary: On "The Way You Dream" Michael Stipe's vocal floats into a flurry of jungle beats, which are animated by furious hand-drumming and sweetened by New Zealand flute (putorino) and Mandinka harp (kora). These elements melt together in total harmony, as if these disparate musicians had grown up playing together. 1 Giant Leap surprises constantly in this way, yet Bridgeman and Catto are apparently trying to make a point beyond music. The fact that the recipe for the human organism (70 percent water, 18 percent carbon, five percent nitrogen, two percent calcium) appears on the back cover suggests that the moral has something to do with the universality of mankind. Another reading is possible: If musicians are going to communicate over undeniable barriers, pop music -- arguably the simplistic distillation of all that culture has to offer -- is, for better or worse, the lingua franca.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2002
Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
UPC: 0660200207724
catalogNumber: 2077
Rank: 58070

Album Credits

Performance Credits

1 Giant Leap   Primary Artist
Baaba Maal   Vocals
Mahotella Queens   Vocals
Dana Gillespie   Chant
Eddie Quansah   Trumpet
Horace Andy   Vocals
Kurt Vonnegut   Spoken Word
Ram Dass   Spoken Word
Eddi Reader   Vocals
Duncan Bridgeman   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Flute,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Neneh Cherry   Vocals
Sanjay Kumar   Guitar
Grant-Lee Phillips   Vocals
Bada Seck   Djembe,Sabar
Michael Stipe   Vocals
Ayub Ogada   Nyatiti
Lévon Minassian   Duduk
Asha Bhosle   Vocals
Ronu Majumdar   Flute
Robbie Williams   Vocals
Pops Mohamed   Percussion,Kora,Bird Calls
Nigel Butler   Guitar
Maxi Jazz   Vocals
Ulali   Vocals,Spoken Word
Tim Robbins   Spoken Word
Dave Randall   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jamie Catto   Group Member
DJ Swamp   scratching

Technical Credits

Tim Clark   Executive Producer
Duncan Bridgeman   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michael Franti   Poetry
Speech   Contributor
Nigel Butler   Programming
Suzette Newman   Executive Producer
Jamie Catto   Producer
Joe "Fingers" Webster & His River City Jazzmen   Contributor

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