Herbie Hancock - Possibilities
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Some of these 2005 duo sessions are more successful than others, but all are interesting. Hancock performs with great stars like Annie Lennox, Sting, Carlos Santana, and Paul Simon, tries new things with young pop performers like John Mayer, makes international connections with singers like Angelique Kidjo, experiments with composers like Brian Eno, and concludes with a trip to Japan where his spiritual side is revealed. The disc presents many enjoyable and insightful moments in the creative process. If you're into Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone, you may also enjoy enjoy these pairings, but they struck me as rather self-conscious and even forced, particularly Aguilera's vocal pyrotechnics.
I should also point out that this video is primarily a making-of documentary. It doesn't present finished, polished work, serving instead as an invitation to listen to Hancock's 2006 duet CD "Possibilities" as well as recordings produced during earlier incarnations. As such, I would say it's more of a DVD to rent or check out from the library than one you need to own, even if you are a big Hancock fan.
FYI, there is available on Amazaon a much cheaper edition of this DVD originally sold at Starbucks. It includes a four-track CD containing rough cuts of several songs. If I were going to buy this film, I'd search for that version.
Actually this is only a documentary showing this interaction, and as such is very interesting.
But if you are looking to see an hear the full length videos of these great colaborations you will be disappointed, that is not included in this dvd. Only small samples are there for you to see.
This was a real disapointmet because the quality of video and audio are fantastic.
As the other reviewer pointed out - if you want to see some sort of concert footage with all these songs being performed, this DVD doesn't offer that. This is purely a trip into the studio with Herbie and his guests to see the collaborations unfold.
The only thing that was a bit distracting was the DVD's sour mood somtimes. The four that stand out are:
1) Christina Aguilera's segment - she just doesn't seem to be enjoying herself. I even thought she was being bitchy, but I kept watching and...
2) Jonny Lang seems genuinely honored to meet Herbie and he's telling him so and Herbie quickly walks away talking to somebody else.
3) Herbie's showing his charts to Sting and excitedly talks about the chord progression - Sting looks uninterested and looks away. And
4) The fabulous Raul Midon (CHECK HIM OUT!!!) asks if he can try different things out. They allow him, only for him to be railed with sarcastic comments like, "Well, Herbie doesn't HAVE to solo on his own CD. You just kicked him off his own CD." Or After Raul does his amazing mouth trumpet, "Good thing Miles isn't here, he'd have something to say about this..."
I mean it's like, did Herbie and his people not make the artists feel comfortable? It just seems like the studio sessions weren't always pleasant.
But anyway, you guys probably don't care about that. Back to the point: This is a great invitation into the studio. But if you want concert footage or even complete somgs, skip on this.
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Love this documentary. It arrived quickly and in great condition. It is an incredible educational resource.Published 3 months ago by Rich N.
Purchased this for my husband and he loved every second. =) Contained great music and played great!Published 5 months ago by MrsEvans
This disc lifts me up, it gives me courage. I get to hear great mousiness stepping outside their comfort zone and make real music. Thank youPublished 8 months ago by Sue Byerly
The package containing two copies of HERBIE HANCOCK - POSSIBILITIES arrived safely and on time for which I thank you. Margaret WhitePublished 13 months ago by margaret white