Herbie's Mega-Star Musical Collaboration
August 30, 2005
He's a jazz legend with 10 Grammy Awards and an Oscar. He's worked with many of music's biggest names over his 40-year career. But many of us know Herbie Hancock from his classic hit, "Rock It," the groundbreaking 1983 hit that influenced many of today's hip hop deejays.
Now Hancock is doing it again, and he stopped by our
"Extra" studio to talk with our resident music
critic Jude Cole about his extraordinary new project,
"Possibilities," which features collaborations
with John Mayer, Joss Stone, Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos
Santana and Christina Aguilera.
Jude Cole: I think this is an important record. Do you feel that?
Herbie Hancock: I hope so. In a way it's a statement about my feeling that artists are put into pigeon holes, and they have more dimensions than what people are accustomed to.
JC: No mail-order artists sending their parts in, phoning their parts in, it was all face-to-face stuff?
HH: We all did it together. It was all done you might say, "old school."
JC: What was your biggest surprise?
HH: Everything was a surprise. Everything.
JC: What about your collaboration with Sting on his hit "Sister Moon"? How was that?
HH: I told Sting at the studio, "I've never heard you sing like this."
JC: It must have felt great.
HH: It was really a great surprise to me.
JC: Tell me about working with Christina Aguilera on a rendition of the Leon Russell classic, "A Song for You."
HH: She sings perfectly in tune. Every note, every time. And what she wound up with was a masterpiece.
JC: I heard you learned a lot about collaborating in music back in the 60s as a young pianist playing alongside Miles Davis.
HH: He had a way of teaching you something without giving you the answer. He would provide an atmosphere where you would have to search for the answer yourself.
JC: That's old-school teaching.
HH: Yeah, that's what a master does, and I try to do the same thing myself.
Herbie Hancock's album, "Possibilities," is now available in Starbucks worldwide. And to buy a copy of your own, click