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

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.

At first I sounded like any stiff classical musician, trying to play that stuff.

But, the truth is that everyone is somebody already.

I always hope that as a performer I'm able to come out with something that not only makes people feel inspired but even beyond that, I always hope that what happens on the stage makes people feel like they can do it.

I mean, nobody has a statement on their record.

At the same time, I'm still enjoying working with young people.

By contrast, wisdom captivates people's hearts and has the power to open a new age.

I am still a jazz musician and not a pop star in terms of money and so I have to take care of my family first, then my extended family and my country.

I remember my very first recording. It was on a wire recorder, as the tape recording was only just out but too expensive.

Because I have certain things I feel very passionate about, and I don't want to just make albums with tunes anymore.

Creativity and artistic endeavors have a mission that goes far beyond just making music for the sake of music.

I brought my 40 years of jazz experience to the table... but I wanted to make something more ambitious than a little box.

I said, 'If Miles is so open, it must be cool to be open to all this other stuff.'

Being a musician is what I do, but it's not what I am.

Creativity shouldn't be following radio; it should be the other way around.

I decided years ago that I wasn't interested in being a virtuoso of the piano.

I started playing piano when I was 7. And I started with classical lessons. Then I really got exposed to jazz.

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.

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First Name
Herbie
Last Name
Hancock, fully Herbert Jeffrey "Herbie" Hancock
Birth Date
1940
Bio

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