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  • We are all on the same trip in the band. We all realize that people in the music business, and the audience have an eye on us because collectively our history is extensive.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • I've been a religious, spiritual person for a long time.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • And jazz is also for the body because it is rhythmic, but it's also for the mind and for the soul, and it is very creative.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • The mixture of all kinds of things, all kinds of beings - it's just like what we have here in this country.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • Lionel can play anything totally out, blues, tear-jerking stuff, rock and African, ... Carlos didn't know him, but he trusted my judgment. When Lionel played, he blew everyone's minds -- the audience and Carlos' band. Their jaws were hanging.
    (Herbie Hancock)


  • We talked for a couple of hours before we played a note. We didn't talk about music, we talked about life - families, children, issues in the world, politics, so many things. The kind of camaraderie we developed helped make the music what it is. I wanted to find a common ground and connect as people first.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • Creativity shouldn't be following radio; it should be the other way around.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • You can practice to learn a technique, but I'm more interested in conceiving of something in the moment.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • 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.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • We wanted to share creativity and didn't want to be bound by traditional jazz conventions.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • Getting the Oscar had the biggest impression on me.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • 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.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • One of the greatest attributes of jazz, I think, is that it is that open.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • He was a man of mystery, magic and mystique. It was often said he was an enigma. I would venture to say that many who said that just didn't get it.
    (Herbie Hancock)

  • Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different.
    (Herbie Hancock)


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