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 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.

Product Details

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

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
Greg Phillinganes   Arranger,Producer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
John Alagia   Producer
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
David O'Donnell   Engineer
David Evans   Composer

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Possibilities 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the song A SONG FOR YOU. I like the way she starts the song. I think she's a great singer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good boring Grammy formula sellout plus everyone on the label = cash Proof that the formula is Supernatural but this one has mortal traits.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.