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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (2006)

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"Possibilities" is an intimate documentary about Herbie Hancock and his in-studio collaborations with a dozen formidable pop recording artists, collaborations that explore the unexpected, like jazz improvisations. The film is also about how Herbie's unique world view shapes a creative environment that encourages artists to step outside the velvet prison of easy expectations. "The hip stuff," Herbie tells Trey Anastasio, in a scene from the film, "is outside the comfort zone." "Possibilities" follows Herbie over a year and a half collaborating with musical icons Carlos Santana, Sting, Angelique Kidjo, Annie Lennox and Paul Simon, young superstars Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Trey Anastasio and Jonny Lang and newcomers Joss Stone, Raul Midon, Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan. The film also puts Herbie's latest work in the context of his extraordinary musical career, and includes rarely seen archival footage of Herbie with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1962; Herbie leading his Headhunters ... Written by Max Whiteside <RavenWerkheiserHexorcist>

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Exploring beyond the classics
16 October 2006 | by (rome, italy) – See all my reviews

This is a very good documentary about one of our outstanding living jazz pianists. Herbie Hancock, best know for his "Cantaloupe Island" and "Watermelon Man" nowadays ubiquitous classics, reveals in this film how versatile and adaptable a musician he is. We witness Hancock creating music pieces with the great like Sting, Annie Lennox, Santana and Angélique Kidjo but his most interesting experiments are pulled off with young, lesser known talents from Ireland and Santa Monica. Raul Midón had us rush to check him out after the performance. While the documentary focuses on the interaction of Hancock with living musicians, Miles Davis could not have been left out given his great influence on Hancock in the "second great quintet" years. After showing the portrait of a talented music experimentalist the documentary attempts, with less success, to show us the man delving in his own soul. It would have been better to show this side of Hancock throughout the film rather than treating the issue somehow separately towards the end.


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