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

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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.

When I was a kid, I used to sit up in bed, put my elbows on the windowsill and look out at the stars and wonder. About space, eternity, the concept of God and creation.

You can practice to attain knowledge, but you can't practice to attain wisdom.

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.

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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