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

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

A couple of years ago, I came up with the idea for a film that I thought could be interesting, and I took it to a couple of people - nobody professional or anything - but I thought it was kind of cool.

A lot of the people that are making the music didn't have the kind of experiences I've had, playing with some of the great masters of jazz.

A lot of this look backwards in society and musically is to find some of the real roots, because they can't find them here. There are roots in the past, but not so much now. Maybe this explains their need to do that, and if that's the case, it's OK.

A lot of times, other people turn me on to new people that are doing stuff, so I don't consider myself a spokesman for everything that's going on in jazz.

A method that doesn't use what you know. It's just pure, raw emotion.

Actually, African Americans I think are completely now all mixed.

After a long day of playing, John took me aside and said, 'Was that OK? Was it usable? What's going on?'... All I said was, 'Welcome to a Miles Davis session.'

Also, I haven't heard an synthesizer yet that I can truly say has the resolution and is capable of the nuances of the acoustic piano, so I don't even try and compare those anymore.

Although I had stopped listening to R&B, it still would move my soul.

Although my parents were playing jazz for me when I was a kid, I didn't pay much attention until I saw someone my age improvising, playing jazz.

Americans are taught that white people did everything, but that is changing. American history and our dealings with other cultures are a constant conflict of understanding.

And I don't always talk about music, and I don't always play music, and I don't always think about music.

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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