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 making a hierarchy out of music, and it's ridiculous.

I'm happy if anything that I did takes the limelight.

It's not the style that motivates me, as much as an attitude of openness that I have when I go into a project.

Music is the tool to express life - and all that makes a difference.

People are afraid to spend money now because they don't know how long they're going to be working.

Technology has made so much information available but what the technological community has not done is to make any attempt for us to figure out how we're going to assimilate all this information.

The value of music is to be able to play one note at the right time in the right way.

We live on a planet that now must face, hopefully, a form of globalization inclusive of a vision to make the world a better place for the many -not just a select few -and I believe that the arts are in the forefront of that dream.

When I was a kid, I won a contest and played a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony, and I've written some movie scores, and I've been listening to orchestral music for years.

You can practice to learn a technique, but I'm more interested in conceiving of something in the moment.

I was on tour with Miles Davis, and we had a gig to play at a theater in Los Angeles in 1965. And the opening act was the Aretha Franklin Jazz Trio. She was this young artist and she played sort of funky jazz piano with an upright bassist and a drummer. Then she sang, and she blew the roof off the place. The rest is history. I'd rate her up there with Zeus.

I'm involved in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and I work with students with that, and I also help try to raise funds for that.

It's primitive now, but when you get to the point where you could see someone's face on your screen while you perform with them, that's a step in the right direction.

Musicians tend to limit themselves.

People put you on a pedestal when you become famous, in their eyes, or if they really respect your work, they might put you on a pedestal, but I didn't get that as a kid.

That's one of the reasons for the title of the record, Future 2 Future, because here they are creating kind of a new musical approach, underground approach, but coming out of what used to be underground but what has become popular, which is the whole hip-hop scene.

Then I would watch him improvise, and I would be fascinated by what he was doing.

We realize that there doesn't seem to be a lot of people looking into new ways of reexamining the conventions that we've grown to accept in the music.

When I was coming up, I practiced all the time because I thought if I didn't I couldn't do my best.

You could never tell what was going on with Miles. You'd always leave the session not knowing if they got anything of any value because it was always so different.

I was thinking it might be interesting if I made a wish list of artists whose work I admire, whose work I like, and whose work I?m intrigued by,

I'm looking at other sources for inspiration; feelings and developments that are happening in human life itself.

It's very different from classical music. In classical music, you are playing something that is written by someone else.

My idea is that young people who are not as jaded about technology and the use of technology as we are, who didn't create the technological age, but are born into it, may be able to create software that addresses the issues that pertain to the human being and lead toward the advancement of creativity and the human spirit.

Pieces don't have to have the same tempo from beginning to end.

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