Possibilities

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Warner Music France
  • EAN: 5051011011122
  • Catalog Number: 110111
  • Sales rank: 4,369

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stitched Up - John Mayer (5:27)
  2. 2 Safiatou - Angélique Kidjo (5:25)
  3. 3 A Song for You (7:05)
  4. 4 I Do It for Your Love (5:58)
  5. 5 Hush, Hush, Hush (4:46)
  6. 6 Sister Moon (6:54)
  7. 7 When Love Comes to Town - Joss Stone (8:41)
  8. 8 Don't Explain (4:53)
  9. 9 I Just Called to Say I Love You - Raul Midón (5:27)
  10. 10 Gelo Na Montanha (3:48)
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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 Jr. Composer
Michael Hill Liner Notes
Ted Jensen Mastering
David Luke Engineer
Larry Mullen Jr. Composer
Dave O'Donnell Engineer
Greg Phillinganes Arranger, Producer
Stevie Wonder Composer
John Alagia Producer
Dr. 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Herbie earns a paycheck

    good boring Grammy formula sellout plus everyone on the label = cash Proof that the formula is Supernatural but this one has mortal traits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Liked one song and that's it!!

    I bought this CD because I heard the John Mayer song "Stiched Up" on my local jazz station...loved the song!! I absolutely hated the rest of the CD. The music was okay, but I just couldn't get excited about the songs or the singers. I wish I would have never spent the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Grammy written all over it - Incredible CD

    So I'm catching a cup of java at Starbucks and this CD is playing. Can't resist the coffee or these Possibilities! The cross over is amazing. Starting with playful John Mayer, tres hot Santana, a gut-wrenching Christina Aguilera, tastefully subdued icon Paul Simon, intense Annie Lennox, Sting's own Sister Moon, new comer Jonny Lang and Joss Stone A BIG PLUS!, Billie Holiday's Don't Explain done mezmerizingly by Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan, Stevie Wonder's undeniable harmonica to Raul Midon's fab vocals, and whistful Trey Anastansio rounding it all up. This CD has GRAMMY written all over it! Thanks, Herbie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Songs ...

    The song he has with Christina Aguilera is great. Her voice is incredible, she's the best! I recommend this cd to anyone who wants to hear fantastic music, especially a fantastic voice like Christina's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD for True Jazz Fans

    Herbie Hancock has always been the quintessential musician. This CD proves it. He is able to cross many musical genres and do it well. Who wouldn't want to collaborate with him? Starting with John Mayer's "Stitched Up" and going through this entire CD listening to Sting, Christina Aguilera, Santana, Annie Lennox, is a real treat. Buy it and enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christina was great

    I loved the song A SONG FOR YOU. I like the way she starts the song. I think she's a great singer.

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