The successes: "Safiatou" features the rousing, ebullient vocals of West African singer Angelique Kidjo trading off with Carlos Santana's guitar, the latter abounding with the fire of Santana's mid-'70s heyday; Sting tries jazz singing, and darned if it isn't a nice surprise -- his "Sister Moon" finds him phrasing like a saxophonist, his voice spiraling subtly like wisps of smoke; the standard "Don't Explain" is given a traditional, 11th-hour treatment, with Damian Rice and Lisa Hannigan elegantly caressing each word. The misfires: "Stitched Up" finds John Meyer bland and smug; on "Song for You," Christina Aguilera overemotes the way William Shatner overacts; and Hancock sounds lost amid the respective blues and soul boisterousness of Jonny Lang and Joss Stone on "When Love Comes to Town." Possibilities holds little for hard-core jazz devotees, but unbiased pop fans will think they've gone to Billboard Awards heaven.
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