Herbie Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock

Herbie
Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock
1940

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

Author Quotes

Miles' sessions were not typical of anybody else's sessions. They were totally unique.

One thing that attracted me to Buddhism was the support for this larger vision of values.

Sometimes you can practice something but what you wind up playing when you're out doing a gig is not what you practiced. What you learn is not necessarily what you practice.

The thing is, much of the way I look at music now, and its role as an aspect of culture, and creative expression for human beings in the 21st century, much of the way I look at it for a record like Future 2 Future is very similar to how I might look at it for a record like Directions in Music.

We are eternally linked not just to each other but our environment.

When I do concerts, because I've been in the business for a long time and certain pieces of music have become associated with me, I do some pieces from the past.

You can expand, repeat, even change keys and do other things electronically to give certain elements and phrases more cohesiveness.

I was blown away when Donald asked me to stay in the band. He said that both he and the band really liked my playing.

I'm an American man, and I'm concerned about the present and the future as has as this country and its people are concerned.

It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.

Most people think that classical music is a higher form than jazz only because it is from Europe, and we were taught in schools only about Western European history.

Other highlights? When I started practicing Buddhism 21 years ago. Marrying the woman I married 26 years ago; my wife is quite a woman. The birth of my daughter. Joining Miles Davis' band.

Still, when I finally left Miles in '68 and got my own band, it was a logical step; because anybody that left Miles always had their own band.

The thing that we possess, that machines don't, is the ability to exhibit wisdom.

We can all be ourselves, be true to ourselves, and all be together.

When I sense a more conservative and limiting attitude coming from musicians, than my impression is that they're really moving away from the true spirit of jazz.

You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom. It's not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.

I was excited about the possibility of going to New York.

I'm aware that a lot of what is happening in jazz has not had a very dynamic change in a long time.

It's not just a collection of overdubs, ... Every artist on the record gave me their heart - and each track is a surprise. This album was about interaction, freedom and looseness. It may not have the notes of jazz, but it was created in the spirit of jazz.

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.

Over the years I've made decisions about things, especially music, and have been scoffed at and ridiculed and opposed, but I knew I had to do these things.

Technology has developed to a whole other level and there's the scientist part of me that loves that stuff.

The value of music is not dazzling yourself and others with technique.

We decided it would be interesting to approach the music as a group solo.

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First Name
Herbie
Last Name
Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock
Birth Date
1940
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American Pianist, Keyboardist, Bandleader and Composer, part of Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet