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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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.

And I just practiced on it and practiced on it. I found a lot of little things about details, about accents and how much of an accent to make.

Both men and women have masculine and feminine elements. We've just been concentrating on the masculine elements in jazz coming out for too long. It's time for feminine elements to emerge.

Don?t be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone. That?s where the joy and the adventure lie.

I didn't know much about this new electronic scene. I knew it was going on, but I hadn't really followed it or paid any particular attention to it.

I think a lot of young people being brought up in this scene feel a sense of ruthlessness. There's nothing to plant them deeply down in the soil somehow so they can bend and sway from there.

And I loved it, I loved it! I wanted to be part of the newer stuff.

Buddhism has helped me toward gaining control over my own destiny, and given me the courage to follow directions I believe in.

Even during the major avant-garde period of jazz in the late '60s and early '70s, the songs usually had melodies, some harmonic starting-off point, or something to unify a particular piece in the beginning.

I don't go back to anything, I just add. Just like when you eat a meal, it you eat one thing all the time it gets kind of boring.

I think I heard the name Muddy Waters first, then John Lee Hooker.

And if I don't express that, then what's my life worth?

Buddhism opened me up to seeing things from the standpoint of being a human being - looking at the purpose of action and the effects on life.

Even the things that are on the Plugged Nickel set. I don't know how we did some of that.

I don't look at music from the standpoint of being a musician; I look at it from the standpoint of being a human being.

I think I was supposed to play jazz.

And it's also made me aware that music isn't about music.

But I can?t name a specific synthesizer that is my favorite.

Everything has focused on what the technology is capable of doing and making tools and then taking human beings and saying, what can you do with that.

I don't think there are any pure Africans of the African Americans, but the African part of our history was pretty much taken away from us during slavery, so the 60s gave us a chance, because of the civil rights movement, to kind of re-examine and make some sort of formal connection to our African-ness.

I think there's a great beauty to having problems. That's one of the ways we learn.

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