Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has restaffed his famed Headhunters ensemble with a host of notable names and will take the band on the road for four shows this summer.
Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has restaffed his famed Headhunters ensemble with a host of notable names and will take the band on the road for four shows this summer. Anchoring the collective on piano, the artist will be joined by guitarists John Mayer and Lionel Loueke, bassist Marcus Miller, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and percussionist Munyungo Jackson.
Headhunters '05 will play three dates surrounding their June 10 appearance at Tennessee's Bonnaroo festival: June 8 in St. Louis, June 9 in Dayton, Ohio, and June 11 in Memphis. Hancock will serve as Bonnaroo's first "artist in residence" and is expected to perform with a host of acts throughout the festival.
Meanwhile, Hancock is gearing up for the Aug. 30 release of his next studio album, "Possibilities," which, as previously reported, will be released simultaneously to Starbucks locations and traditional retail via Vector Recordings.
The album's list of guest contributors, which already counts Mayer, Sting, Annie Lennox, Carlos Santana, Damien Rice and Trey Anastasio, has grown to include Paul Simon and Angelique Kidjo. Among the confirmed tracks is a Sting/Hancock interpretation of the former's "Sister Moon," from the 1987 album "Nothing Like the Sun."
"The kind of energy and magic that they are bringing to the project is fantastic," Hancock told Billboard in February. "So often artists are put into a pigeonhole and expected to stay there, and I never liked that. Coming from jazz, we like to try new things."