Herbie Hancock’s many fans come from a wide spectrum of musical genres. So do his guests on the new production titled Possibilities
Over the last several decades, Herbie Hancock seamlessly floated back and forth between funk, jazz and R&B while maintaining the respect of audiences within each genre. Possibilities
is not a single recording session, but rather a collection of collaborations with singers, instrumentalists and composers that the pianist enjoys. Some are household names and others like Joss Stone, Damien Rice and Raul Midon are emerging talents. The groups vary from quintets to octets but the music is emotional and interesting. It’s just what the listeners have come to expect from Herbie Hancock.
John Mayer collaborated with Hancock on the opener "Stitched Up." The joint composition is an upbeat finger poppin’ item that will please everyone. Hancock delivers a lively solo after Mayer’s vocal.
"Safiatou" finds the pianist united with Carlos Santana and Angelique Kidjo. Two percussionists and a drummer add to the excitement of Kidjo’s hot vocal and Santana’s inspired guitar work. The track segues nicely into Christina Aguilera’s soulful "A Song For You."
Hancock’s new album never falters. Paul Simon sings his own "I Do It For Your Love" and Annie Lennox delivers "Hush, Hush, Hush." Possibilities
offers ten delightful tracks and we have a few other favorites. "When Love Comes To Town" features Joss Stone and Johnny Lang in a gospel influenced performance. Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan follow up with a truly different version of Billie Holiday’s classic "Don’t Explain." It’s a refreshing new look at the jazz standard. Raul Midon dishes out a tasty interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s "I Just Called To Say I Love You" with the composer on harmonica. Possibilities
will have wide appeal and is worth a listen.