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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That's when I began to understand what a chord is. So I learned theory to find a shorter method to take things off a record.

There are some other things I'm looking for in the future. I'm getting ready to put together something, to open up a new avenue for myself, having to do with a symphony orchestra.

We talked for a couple of hours before we played a note. We didn't talk about music, we talked about life - families, children, issues in the world, politics, so many things. The kind of camaraderie we developed helped make the music what it is. I wanted to find a common ground and connect as people first.

When I was in my early teens, I remember coming to the conclusion that your life never ends.

You don't know what that's going to sound like; you just do it because the urge is there.

I was trying to make something truly collaborative,

I'm looking less to musical sources for inspiration and broadening my scope beyond the entertainment field and looking more into life itself. Life today.

I've been a religious, spiritual person for a long time.

My taste is broad, and my interest in exploration is broad,

Recently I've been listening to Mahler; it's beautiful stuff. I just saw a performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony on television, and it was awesome. The music was so gorgeous I wasn't just crying tears, I was sobbing.

The arts can help establish stronger relationships between countries and cultures, in a way that is difficult to achieve by our political ambassadors.

There was a radio station in Chicago, there was a guy named Al Benson, and he pretty much dominated black radio in the '50s.

We wanted to share creativity and didn't want to be bound by traditional jazz conventions.

When I'm sensitive to the circumstances surrounding me, then I can be inspired by them or use them in whatever I may be creating.

You don't need the fame to be vital.

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?

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