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 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.

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.

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