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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
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Herbie Hancock: Possibilities [Format Kindle]

Herbie Hancock , Lisa Dickey

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  • Longueur : 352 pages
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“This book is many treasures. You have to read it to understand Herbie Hancock, to read and understand Mr. Hancock explaining how he achieved things. It is also a great treasure to make contact. The contact is you and Herbie telling you about himself. You are receiving the information and understandings of himself to you. He is very, very clear. Thank you, Herbie, because so many geniuses like yourself in the arts have trouble defining themselves and what they do.”
—Bill Cosby
“Herbie and I have been brothers since before electricity! One of my favorite things about Herbie is that both he and I aim to de-categorize music; we don't think of music in terms of genres or rules, we both live outside the box and love good music, no matter the genre. If you like piano, or jazz, or music, or great stories, or life itself, you will love this book. Herbie Hancock has been electrifying audiences for decades, and now he’s about to do it to readers, too.”
—Quincy Jones
“Herbie Hancock’s new book Possibilities elevates, transforms, and illumines consciousness. This wealth of insight opens wider the space of possibilities with raw honesty, courage, and curiosity. It takes us into a place of brilliant alchemy of God’s life, music, and humor. Genius IS genius does.”
—Carlos Santana

Présentation de l'éditeur

The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time

In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way.

From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock’s undeniable musical genius.

Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.

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Par Stuart Jefferson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This memoir by Hancock (with Lisa Dickey) covers roughly seven decades up to the present in Hancock's life, both in and out of music. There's 16 pages of b&w photos from across Hancock's life. There's no contents page, but the book is broken into twenty-four chapters which explore his life and the changes in his music over the years. Included is an Index.

Beginning as a child prodigy, to his classic Blues Note Records work, to his change from acoustic jazz to electronic jazz/funk/r&b, to his collaborations with many different artists, to winning many Grammy awards, Hancock has played with many of the very best (mostly) jazz musicians of the Twentieth Century. For me that, and his musical influences, are what I wanted to read about and Hancock doesn't disappoint. Also included is his long time marriage which influenced his life greatly, and how the Buddhist religion inspired him on all levels of life and music.

Beginning with his childhood, Hancock talks in some detail about his early life and the people around him. He says his neighborhood wasn't a "bad" place but it was a rough area. The first time he "met a white kid was in high school." His mother was bipolar and his father "was a sweet, easygoing man", who wanted to be a doctor. And once his family got a piano all Hancock wanted to do was play music, teaching himself the rudiments of the instrument. At eleven years of age he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and as Hancock says, "Then I turned my attention to the piano, and from the moment I played the first few notes, the rest of the world might as well have not existed."

His earliest jazz exposure was on WGES radio, with the first jazz tune he really noticed was "Moonlight In Vermont" by guitarist Johnny Smith and tenor sax player Stan Getz. Heading off to college Hancock was torn between receiving an education in science or music. It's interesting that Hancock never practices more than an hour a day, but spends many hours analyzing music.
He listened to Oscar Peterson and tried to emulate some of his style during this time. He left college one credit shy of graduating because he wanted to play jazz seriously. In 1966 he got the chance to play with Coleman Hawkins and from that point never really looked back. He next played with Pepper Adams and Donald Byrd before moving to New York, where he again played with Byrd at the Five Spot. It's from Byrd that Hancock approached Blue Note Records, which began a string of some of the best jazz albums of the period, beginning with"Takin' Off". And after that period of acoustic music, including playing with Miles Davis, he began exploring more electronic ways of playing music.

"Miles, am I in the band?"
"You makin' a record m###a#####r!". Hancock to Davis.

"Herbie, that post office job is interfering with the music. You've got to quit." Drummer Louis Taylor to Hancock.

Hancock talks about his many and different gigs, songs he's written, and recording sessions over the first years as a serious musician. Playing with Miles Davis in his mid-twenties, Hancock was living the good life, and around this time he met his future wife Gigi. It's also during this period that Hancock tried LSD. From this point Hancock delves into his life in music with some great details about his music (both acoustic and electronic) and recording with different musicians. Hancock is a storehouse of information about that whole era of jazz and his stories and observations are laid out in an easy to read, you-are-there style of writing. At times because of his conversational style of writing, you have the feeling that he's catching you up on different parts of his career in music--like the gig after his surgery--and finally getting use of all ten fingers ("I could hardly believe the irony--that my own cancer scare would find it's ultimate resolution in playing for a friend who was fighting cancer.") the night before his concert. Hancock talks briefly about the V.S.O.P. band that recorded albums in the 70's to good acclaim, and his duo with Chick Corea playing acoustic music--in addition to his work with the Headhunters during the same period.

"At some point I bought a van from the saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, and all of us would cram into it for out-of-town gigs." Herbie Hancock.

He also talks about his Buddhist religion and how that has been a continuing foundation in his life, along with his long, happy marriage. And while those areas are certainly important to really have a fuller picture of Hancock, and his life would certainly have turned out differently without his wife and Buddhism, it's when he talks with some detail about music that the book (for me) really becomes interesting and informative. Hancock has played with and/or witnessed some of the greatest jazz musicians in the history of the music. And this book sheds light on the inner workings of both Hancock and other musicians like Miles Davis ("When asked by a journalist about reuniting the quintet with Ron, Tony, Wayne, and myself, he said, 'No. That would be like making love to the first woman over again.'"), and jazz in general during perhaps the greatest era for the music.

"Back in 1965, when I turned that Yardley cologne jingle into the song "Maiden Voyage", I discovered something about writing music." Herbie Hancock.

If you're either a Hancock fan or a jazz fan in general, this book will give you some insight into that whole era of music-making. This book is worth adding to your shelf of jazz/music books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 and so far I find it an excellent biography the leitmotif of which is to keep opening ... 26 octobre 2014
Par Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am half-way through, and so far I find it an excellent biography the leitmotif of which is to keep opening oneself up to possibilities, the very essence of jazz idiom. More when I finish reading it. Herbie Hancock is a genius who cares about intergalactic relationships among humans, cultures, and arts.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Timeless Gift 30 octobre 2014
Par Chistopher Jansen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've waited my entire adult life for the opportunity to take in the wealth of information Mr. Hancock shares about himself and his experiences. I could not put this book down. His gift to me is this book. His sense of humility in the face of achieving unthinkable goals while navigating life's ups and downs serve to remind me that truly anything is possible. Naturally, the musician in me wants to further explore Herbie's mindset in creating music however, I'm thankful for his comprehensive narrative found within this excellent book. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This is the best book about being a working musician I have ever ... 29 octobre 2014
Par James Merkin - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is the best book about being a working musician I have ever read. (Disclaimer - I shared a taxi with Herbie in NYC after his Blue Note set around 1995. I wanted to talk jazz piano with him - but he was looking for sushi)

A very interesting take about what the role of the musician is. A lot ot self - doubt along the way... Herbie studied engineering and had a secure job with the post office which he had to give up in order to take his first professional gigs.

Fascinating stories about the everyday conflicts between the need to make music and the desire to have it sell.

It's not necessary to understand jazz to appreciate this book - this is the story of an unlikely star, who by dint of love of music, and unrelenting intelligence, has transformed the aural universe.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 very good book 24 octobre 2014
Par mistermaxxx08 - Publié sur Amazon.com
very good book and read on a musician who has done it all through styles and changes in a unforgiven industry. what he has done musically is still incredible. i often think of musicians the same as i do of athletes and to me Herbie Hancock has always been the Kareem Abdul Jabbar of Music. in that he was always a Winner in whatever he elected to do and he had no limits when it came to his musical visions. this book talks about his life and the depth of knowledge and feelings on different subjects over time.how many artists can go from playing Miles Davis, do the Funky Headunters and then drop Rockit and come around and do standards.? you always know his tone and style.
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