Simon & Hancock

Paul Simon’s “I Do It For Your Love” is, in this Web site’s opinion, the centrepiece of Herbie Hancock’s new release, “Possibilities.” The album, basically a jazz-pop duets affair, is hit and miss (with more scores than snores, though), featuring good performances from Annie Lennox and John Mayer. But Paul’s song, originally recorded in the mid-seventies on “Still Crazy After All These Years,” stands out. Hancock’s piano playing captures the essence of the song – as do the shifting tempos and Paul’s tender vocal. As Simon ages, the line between upper register and falsetto expands – beautifully on this track.

The good people working for Herbie are offering a nice behind-the-scenes video of the recording session online (I imagine it will make it to paulsimon.com soon enough). Catch it here, and enjoy.