Des Cowley reviews 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock

Des Cowley reviews 'Possibilities' by Herbie Hancock

Possibilities

by Herbie Hancock

Viking, $32.99 hb, 344 pp, 9780670041712

In the opening pages of his memoir, Herbie Hancock recounts an onstage episode in Stockholm in the mid-1960s, when he was playing with Miles Davis. In a few brief paragraphs, he sums up Davis’s genius as only a musician deeply conversant with his music could. It is this sort of privileged entrée into Hancock’s musical world that makes Possibilities a worthy addition to jazz literature.

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Published in May 2015, no. 371
Des Cowley

Des Cowley

Des Cowley is the History of the Book Manager at State Library Victoria. He is co-curator of the Library’s permanent exhibition Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas and co-author of The World of the Book, published by Melbourne University Press in 2007.

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