2005 Herbie Hancock – Possibilities

Possibilities is the forty-fifth studio album by American jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, released on August 30, 2005, by Hear Music and Vector Recordings.

The album features a variety of guest musicians such as Trey Anastasio, John Mayer and Carlos Santana. It earned Hancock two nominations at the 2006 Grammy Awards: Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “A Song for You” (featuring Christina Aguilera) and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “Gelo na Montanha” (featuring Anastasio). A motion picture entitled Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, released on DVD-Video on April 18, 2006, depicts the recording of this album in many different discussions and performances with the collaborating artists. The DVD-Video also includes a demo CD with four of the 10 songs on the album.


1  Stitched Up (Herbie Hancock; John Mayer) 05:29
2  Safiatou (Harold Alexander) 05:27
3  A Song For You (Leon Russell) 07:07
4  I Do It For Your Love (Paul Simon) 06:00
5  Hush, Hush, Hush (Paula Cole) 04:48
6  Sister Moon (Sting) 06:56
7  When Love Comes To Town (Adam Clayton; Dave Evans; Larry Mullen; Paul Hewson) 08:43
8  Don’t Explain (Arthur Herzog Jr; Billie Holiday) 04:55
9  I Just Called To Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder) 05:29
10  1st Movement (Cyro Baptista; Herbie Hancock; Trey Anastasio) 03:48


1 Stitched Up

BassWillie Weeks
DrumsSteve Jordan
GuitarJohn Mayer
KeyboardsMichael Bearden
PianoHerbie Hancock
VocalsJohn Mayer

2 Safiatou

BassBenny Rietveld
DrumsDennis Chambers
GuitarCarlos Santana
KeyboardsMichael Bearden
OrganChester D Thompson
PianoHerbie Hancock
PercussionKarl Perazzo
PercussionRaul Rekow
VocalsAngélique Kidjo

3 A Song For You

BassNathan East
DrumsTeddy Campbell
KeyboardsMichael Bearden
PianoHerbie Hancock
PercussionBashiri Johnson
VocalsChristina Aguilera

4 I Do It For Your Love

BassPino Palladino
DrumsSteve Jordan
GuitarPaul Simon
PianoHerbie Hancock
Jew’s HarpGina Gershon
PercussionCyro Baptista
PercussionJamey Haddad
VocalsPaul Sim

5 Hush, Hush, Hush

BassSteve Lewinson
DrumsPete Lewinson
GuitarTony Remy
KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
PianoHerbie Hancock
VocalsAnnie Lennox

6 Sister Moon

BassJohn Patitucci
DrumsSteve Jordan
KeyboardsMichael Bearden
PianoHerbie Hancock
PercussionCyro Baptista

7 When Love Comes To Town

BassReginald McBride
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarJonny Lang
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
PianoHerbie Hancock
VocalsJonny Lang
VocalsJoss Stone

8 Don’t Explain

BassShane Fitzsimons
DrumsTom Osander
PianoHerbie Hancock
CelloVyvienne Long
VocalsDamien Rice
VocalsLisa Hannigan

9 I Just Called To Say I Love You

GuitarRaul Midon
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
PianoHerbie Hancock
HarmonicaStevie Wonder
VocalsRaul Midon

10 1st Movement

BassJohn Patitucci
DrumsSteve Jordan
GuitarTrey Anastasio
KeyboardsHerbie Hancock
OrganHerbie Hancock
PianoHerbie Hancock
PercussionCyro Baptista
VocalsTrey Anastasio

Liner Notes

Producer – Alan Mintz), Herbie Hancock
Producer – Greg Phillinganes (Track 9)
Co-producer – Steve Jordan (Track 1)
Co-producer – John Alagia, Paul Simon (Track 4)
Co-producer – Greg Phillinganes (Track 7)
Co-producer – Bob Brockman, Bryce Goggin, Yaron Fuchs (Track 10)
Producer (Executive) – Jack Rovner, Ken Levitan
Producer (Additional) – Jessica Hancock, Joanne Tominaga
Producer (Additional) – Bob Brockman, Yaron Fuchs (Tracks 1, 3)
Producer (Additional) – Greg Phillinganes, Rob Lucas (Track 3)
Arranged By – Michael Bearden (Track 3)
Arranged By – Greg Phillinganes, Herbie Hancock (Track 9)
Engineer – Niko Bolas (Tracks 1, 6)
Engineer – David Luke, Jim Gaines (Track 2)
Engineer – Khaliq Glover (Tracks 3, 9)
Engineer – Andy Smith (Track 4)
Engineer – John Wilson (Track 5)
Engineer – Andy Ackland, Dave O’Donnell, Steve Churchyard (Track 7)
Engineer – Jaime Sickora (Track 8)
Engineer – Dave O’Donnell (Track 9)
Engineer – Eric Gorman, Pete Carini (Track 10)
Engineer (Vocals) – Tal Herzberg (Track 3)
Engineer (Additional) – Khaliq Glover (Tracks 1, 2, 6)
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Mixed By – Bob Brockman, Yaron Fuchs (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Mixed By – Khaliq Glover (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 9)

Art Direction – 7s Design
Photography – Douglas Biro, Jon Fine

Mastered At Sterling Sound
Recorded At The Shed, New York
Recorded At Stagg Street Studio
Recorded At Fantasy Studios
Recorded At Garage Sale Recording
Recorded At Record Plant, Los Angeles
Recorded At Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At Henson Recording Studios
Recorded At Clinton Recording Studio
Recorded At Mayfair Studios
Recorded At Phase One Studios
Recorded At The Village
Recorded At Glenwood Place Studios
Recorded At The Town House
Recorded At Right Track Recording
Recorded At Capitol Studios
Recorded At The Barn, Burlington, VT
Recorded At Numedia NY
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