Jazz has borrowed from other genres of music and also has lent itself to other genres of music.

— Herbie Hancock

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The spirit of jazz is the spirit of openness.

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Don't be afraid to expand yourself, to step out of your comfort zone.

That's where the joy and the adventure lie.

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Forget about trying to compete with someone else.

Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.

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Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.

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The most valuable things in life are priceless.

They are courage, compassion, wisdom, respect for ourselves and others, and a host of characteristics that we call the beauty of the human spirit.

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Jazz is about being in the moment.

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A jazz musician is not a jazz musician when he or she is eating dinner or when he or she is with his parents or spouse or neighbors. He's above all a human being . . . the true artform is being a human being.

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The strongest thing that any human being has going is their own integrity and their own heart. As soon as you start veering away from that, the solidity that you need in order to be able to stand up for what you believe in and deliver what's really inside, it's just not going to be there.

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

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Nobody told me I was a child prodigy.

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Life is not about finding our limitations, it's about finding our infinity.

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I never dreamed I would be a Goodwill Ambassador, and for UNESCO.

Perfect organization. It is apolitical and it's about education, science and culture. I mean that is what I live. That is what UNESCO is really about; it's all about bringing human beings together with one common goal, which is to move human kind forward.

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About Herbie Hancock

Quotes 97 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Musician
Birthday April 12, 1940

I keep recycling and repackaging music that I've done in the past, as though I can't write anymore. Like, okay, I'm done with that. But I need to kind of prod myself again into come on, Herbie, get off your duff and start writing some new music.

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But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father.

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Of course, it's not the technique that makes the music;

it's the sensitivity of the musician and his ability to be able to fuse his life with the rhythm of the times. This is the essence of music.

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

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It pulled me like a magnet, jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.

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Since time is a continuum, the moment is always different, so the music is always different.

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I'm always interested in looking forward toward the future.

Carving out new ways of looking at things.

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I spent five years, at least, working with Miles.

Together, we recorded ESP, Nefertiti, Sorcerer -- and I can tell you; each of these albums instantly became jazz classics. Hey, we had Wayne Shorter playing tenor sax, Ron [Carter] on bass, Tony Williams played drums. That was great band we had.

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In the world of Art there are no wrong choices.

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I feel a lot more secure about the directions I take, than I might have, had I not practiced Buddhism.

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One thing that attracted me to Buddhism was the support for this larger vision of values.

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The music becomes something that is its own entity.

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There's so much spontaneity involved, what do you practice? How do you practice teamwork? How do you practice sharing? How do you practice daring? How do you practice being nonjudgmental?

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I'm always looking to create new avenues or new visions of music.

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I think I was supposed to play jazz.

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It's not the style that motivates me, as much as an attitude of openness that I have when I go into a project.

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Music truly is the universal language.

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When I was in my early teens, I remember coming to the conclusion that your life never ends.

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The value of music is not dazzling yourself and others with technique.

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The value of music is to be able to play one note at the right time in the right way.

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In the past, there's always been one leader that has led the pack to development of the music.

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Miles' sessions were not typical of anybody else's sessions. They were totally unique.

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When a human being is oppressed, the natural tendency is to feel anger.

Jazz is a response to oppression that is not bullets and blood. Jazz is the expression of harmony ... and at the same time of hope and freedom.

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When you struggle to reach for something you don't know, that's where most of the interesting stuff is.

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The thing that we possess, that machines don't, is the ability to exhibit wisdom.

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Getting the Oscar had the biggest impression on me.

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I try to practice with my life.

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It is people's hearts that move the age.

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You would not exist if you did not have something to bring to the table of life.

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Without wisdom, the future has no meaning, no valuable purpose.

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As a human being, I'm concerned about the world that I live in.

So, I'm concerned about peace.I'm concerned about man's inhumanity to man. I'm concerned about the environment.

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Jazz to me is the spirit of freedom. I mean real freedom. Freedom to explore. Freedom to express. Freedom to pour out your guts.

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You make different colors by combining those colors that already exist.

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

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

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

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Music is the tool to express life - and all that makes a difference.

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