Possibilities

Possibilities

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by Herbie Hancock
     
 

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He may be best known as a jazz keyboardist and as one of Miles Davis's storied sidemen, but Herbie Hancock's wanderlust has found him frequently crossing over to the world of popular music, from his 1983 Grammy-winning smash "Rock It" to his dip into the Great American Songbook on 1995's The New Standard. With Possibilities, Hancock casts his musical netSee more details below

Overview

He may be best known as a jazz keyboardist and as one of Miles Davis's storied sidemen, but Herbie Hancock's wanderlust has found him frequently crossing over to the world of popular music, from his 1983 Grammy-winning smash "Rock It" to his dip into the Great American Songbook on 1995's The New Standard. With Possibilities, Hancock casts his musical net even wider, collaborating with an unusual cross-section of pop artists. For example, Christina Aguilera notably transcends her bubblegum roots by cutting loose on Leon Russell's "A Song for You" in a manner befitting her idol Etta James, while John Mayer posits some raspy vocal phrasing on "Stitched Up," which, when paired with Hancock's jazz-funk sound, recalls vintage Steely Dan. Other noteworthy performances include Carlos Santana's fiery guitar playing and Angélique Kidjo's robust vocalizing over a saucy Latin shuffle on "Safiatou," which reverberates with the spirit of the late Celia Cruz. Hancock's otherwise unobtrusive presence edges to the fore on certain cuts, particularly Annie Lennox's aching rendition of Paula Cole's "Hush Hush Hush," where the skilled pianist's playing shifts from uplifting to subdued amid the faintest hint of strings. Likewise, Hancock's playing lends a melancholy ambiance to a version of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain," presented as a smoky duet by Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan. Most intriguing is a lush and significantly slowed down reading of Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You," on which Raul Midón croons atop a gradually unfurling blanket of orchestration. Even in his golden years, Herbie Hancock is still challenging creative boundaries -- and transcending categorization.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Possibilities is a Herbie Hancock adventure record. This ten-cut smorgasbord features the ever restless pianist, composer, and arranger in the company of literally dozens of artists, from pop singers like Christina Aguilera, Sting, and Annie Lennox to rock legends such as Santana and Paul Simon to relative newcomers like John Mayer, Jonny Lang, and Joss Stone, as well as some renowned international performers, such as Angélique Kidjo and Raul Midón in a wide range of songs, styles, and moods. Hancock cut the record in studios all over the world, all the collaborations were done face to face, not long distance. Session musicians here include everyone from Stevie Wonder (who plays the harmonica solo on the cover of his tune "I Just Called to Say I Love You"), to Santana to Cyro Baptista, Willie Weeks, John Pattitucci, Steven Jordan, and Gina Gershon (the actress)! The standout cuts are the sensual read of Leon Russell's "A Song for You," sung by Aguilera, Simon's jazzed-up revisioning of his "I Do It for Your Love," and Lennox's read of "Hush, Hush, Hush," written by Paula Cole (whatever happened to her?). Jazz fans may be disappointed, but pop fans will be delighted; there is a lot here to like.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Music France
UPC:
5051011011122
catalogNumber:
110111

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herbie Hancock   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Paul Simon   Guitar,Vocals
Sting   Vocals
John Patitucci   Bass
Chester Thompson   Organ
Annie Lennox   Vocals
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Trey Anastasio   Guitar,Vocals
Cyro Baptista   Percussion
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Michael Bearden   Keyboards
Nathan East   Bass
Jamey Haddad   Percussion
James Harrah   Acoustic Guitar
Angélique Kidjo   Vocals
Peter Lewinson   Drums
Steve Lewinson   Bass
Reggie McBride   Bass
Pino Palladino   Bass
Karl Perazzo   Percussion
Greg Phillinganes   Keyboards
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Percussion
Tony Remy   Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Stevie Wonder   Harmonica,Soloist
Raul Midón   Guitar,Vocals
Tomo   Drums
Carlos Santana   Guitar
Jonny Lang   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Shane Fitzsimons   Bass
Christina Aguilera   Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums
John Mayer   Guitar,Vocals
Damien Rice   Vocals
Vyvienne Long   Cello
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Joss Stone   Vocals
Lionel Loueke   Guitar
Lisa Hannigan   Vocals
Gina Gershon   Jew's Harp
John Phillinganes   Drums

Technical Credits

Leon Russell   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Sting   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Harold Alexander   Composer
Paula Cole   Composer
Trey Anastasio   Composer
Cyro Baptista   Composer
Michael Bearden   Arranger
Billie Holiday   Composer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Bob Brockman   Producer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Adam Clayton   Composer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Khaliq Glover   Engineer
Bryce Goggin   Producer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes
David Luke   Engineer
Larry Mullen   Composer
Dave O'Donnell   Engineer
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
John Alagia   Producer
David Evans   Composer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Yaron Fuchs   Producer
Ken Levitan   Executive Producer
Steve Jordan   Producer,Audio Production
Rob Lucas   Producer
John Mayer   Composer
Tal Herzberg   Engineer
Andy Ackland   Engineer
John "Sly" Wilson   Engineer
Jack Rovner   Executive Producer
Jaime Sickora   Engineer
Peter J. Carini   Engineer
Lionel Loueke   Arranger
Eric Gorman   Engineer
Jessica Hancock   Producer
Alan Mintz   Producer

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