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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Here was this young beautiful black woman that just kind of opened Miles' eyes up.

I just wish more attention could be placed on the human being.

As the 1960s began, jazz music was still at an apex, with hard bop groups led by the likes of Miles Davis and John Coltrane remaining a force on the musical landscape.

But once Miles would start to play on top of these things we were doing, all of a sudden, it was as though he would go to the core of it.

I actually own Final Cut Pro, which is software for editing video, and Premiere from Adobe, I have that.

I knew of jazz, but I didn't like it. I always thought only older people liked jazz - you know, you had to be 19 or 20.

Aside from that, what was more in our heads when we made the new album is the concept of forging through and exploring new territory and encouraging other musicians to not be afraid to explore new territory.

But these days I never turn on radios, I always turn them off.

I agree with taking the time and respecting the great innovators of the past, but the word innovation would cease to exist if we all do is look at the past.

I look for what's of value and extract that. I don't look to criticize.

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.

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