Herbie Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet

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I was very much aware of blues, because it was on the radio all the time.

I'm not telling students not to practice or advising people to limit themselves.

'I've got to learn how to do this. That's my instrument, and he can do it. Why can't I?

Nobody told me I was a child prodigy.

See, there were certain rules I'd always used, and people like Trane, they would break those rules.

The concept of improvisation is an idea that's very close to my heart, but I can manifest that in a lot of different genres. It really comes from a jazz sensibility.

There's Charlie Parker and there's Miles, there's Trane. I'm none of those guys, so why am I beating myself up trying to find the lost chord all the time?

Well, I was becoming more of a jazz snob, in thinking that jazz was a higher kind of music, and that R&B was, yes, for the body and more commercial.

When synthesizers came along, it was the first time I thought that the two things I loved, which were science and music, could be put together.

You never knew, when you came out of there, what you did, or whether it was good. It never sounded good to me. It always sounded interesting but you wondered, what were we doing?

I wasn't concerned about jazz - that's just one of the tools.

In the past, there's always been one leader that has led the pack to development of the music.

I've had a lot of music in my own head.

Not just in jazz, I think in politics too. Men have gotten to the point where we're not doing a good job anymore. It remains to be seen whether we really did a good job in the past.

Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different.

The fact that young hip-hop artists are searching for the jazz roots of their music acknowledges the greatness of roots, helps a person get a sense of being grounded, of being attached, of coming from somewhere.

There's only one person named Herbie Hancock.

Well, I'm hoping that the narrow categories of music are forced to develop activities that reflect a broader variety of music, so that people get exposed to more variety that they certainly are now.

When you struggle to reach for something you don't know, that's where the most interesting stuff is.

You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life. Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.

I wasn't really aware that the blues was making the transition from acoustic to electric then, but that doesn't mean it didn't have any effect on what I was doing at the time.

It gets boring when you look out at the audience and you see that 90 percent of the people out there are males.

I've started something called the Rhythm of Life Foundation to encourage the technological community to develop ideas and software that directly affect the advancement of humanity.

Not too many people my age really zeroed in on the blues. Most of the people that listened to it were older than teenagers.

So I didn't actually change my name the way some people did.

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American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet