Warner Music – 2005 – 58 minutes
Piano legend Herbie Hancock's latest project combines some of the best musical talent around today with his inimitable blend of jazz, R&B and rock.
Sting, Carlos Santana and Annie Lennox and younger artists like John Mayer and Ireland's Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan contribute to the diversity of the album, giving it a vibrant, rich feel.
"Exactly how you hear it is exactly how it all went down," John Mayer sings as the excellent 'Stitched Up' opens and you get the sense that this is true. 'Possibilities' feels like a very organic album, as though it just developed in the heat of the moment, while these musicians jammed together.
Other highlights here include Rice and Hannigan's version of Billie Holiday's lovely 'Don't Explain' and Annie Lennox's take on Paula Cole's 'Hush Hush Hush'. What all the tracks have in common though, is Hancock's sparkling piano playing and the fantastic musical arrangements.
It's a long album for only 10 tracks, but that makes it clear that these artists were enjoying themselves. You will too.
Tracklisting: Stitched Up (featuring John Mayer) – Safiatou (featuring Santana and Angélique Kidjo) – A Song For You (featuring Christina Aguilera) – I Do It For Your Love (featuring Paul Simon) – Hush Hush Hush (featuring Annie Lennox) – Sister Moon (featuring Sting) – When Love Comes to Town (featuring Jonny Lang and Joss Stone) – Don't Explain (featuring Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan) – I Just Called To Say I Love You (featuring Raul Midón - Gelo Na Nontanha (featuring Trey Anastasio)