Herbie Hancock (featuring John Mayer): Stitched Up
Herbie Hancock (featuring John Mayer)
Possibilities (Hear Music / Hancock Music 70013)
Michael Bearden (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Steve Jordan (drums).
Composed by John Mayer and Herbie Hancock.
Recorded: Van Nuys, CA, no recording date given (CD released in 2005)
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Sometimes these pop-star-meets-jazzcat dream dates go bad before the appetizers are on the table. But Mayer is not your typical pop star, and Hancock knows how to cross over without losing his balance. It helps that the song is hot, with an irresistible dance beat on the refrain. Hancock deserves a lot of credit for the groove, digging in with that acoustic funk sound he pioneered back in his Blue Note days, but the rest of the band is also in the pocket. Steve Jordan may be a rock-pop drummer, but he could teach jazz snobs how to lay down a beat. And Mayer sings with the white Motown soulfulness he pioneered on that crazy Continuum release -- yeah, you know, that disk that looked like ECM on the cover but sounded like Marvin Gaye when you popped in into the CD player. Hey guys, how about a second date?
Reviewer: Ted Gioia