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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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?

I wasn't concerned about jazz - that's just one of the tools.

In the past, there's always been one leader that has led the pack to development of the music.

I've had a lot of music in my own head.

Not just in jazz, I think in politics too. Men have gotten to the point where we're not doing a good job anymore. It remains to be seen whether we really did a good job in the past.

Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different.

The fact that young hip-hop artists are searching for the jazz roots of their music acknowledges the greatness of roots, helps a person get a sense of being grounded, of being attached, of coming from somewhere.

There's only one person named Herbie Hancock.

Well, I'm hoping that the narrow categories of music are forced to develop activities that reflect a broader variety of music, so that people get exposed to more variety that they certainly are now.

When you struggle to reach for something you don't know, that's where the most interesting stuff is.

You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life. Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.

I wasn't really aware that the blues was making the transition from acoustic to electric then, but that doesn't mean it didn't have any effect on what I was doing at the time.

It gets boring when you look out at the audience and you see that 90 percent of the people out there are males.

I've started something called the Rhythm of Life Foundation to encourage the technological community to develop ideas and software that directly affect the advancement of humanity.

Not too many people my age really zeroed in on the blues. Most of the people that listened to it were older than teenagers.

So I didn't actually change my name the way some people did.

The first thing I ever heard about synthesizers, they were being used in rock.

There's so much spontaneity involved, what do you practice? How do you practice teamwork? How do you practice sharing? How do you practice daring? How do you practice being nonjudgmental?

We're dealing with jazz, so we don't have pop/mainstream budgets.

When you try to define a purity as being something that's closed and limited, you're not talking about the music that I play called jazz.

I wonder where she came from, I wonder where she's gotta go. Who's to say she's single and who's to say she's on her own... Girls like that don't sleep alone

It hit me like a ton of bricks, and I had to almost hide my face, because tears were welling up in my eyes. Just the thought of playing with Bird, wow!

Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.

Now we see that we have to pay attention to the environment. We have to protect it. It's become a real issue and a lot of people are still looking at it from a 20th century standpoint.

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