Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

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By (author) Herbie Hancock, With Lisa Dickey

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  • Publisher: Viking Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 231mm x 36mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 27 November 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0670014710
  • ISBN 13: 9780670014712
  • Illustrations note: 16
  • Sales rank: 91,089

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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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Jazz legend Herbie Hancock began playing piano at the age of seven. He would go on to play with Miles Davis before forming his own bands and working with musicians such as Sting, Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Lang Lang, Christina Aguilera, and Carlos Santana. Hancock also won an Oscar for the score of "Round Midnight." In 2011 he was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and he was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2013. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"Herbie Hancock has led a fascinating life. And the story of that life makes a fascinating book." --Peter Keepnews, "The New York Times Book Review" (Editor's Choice) "Few jazz biographies are perfect, though Hancock's "Possibilities" come closer than some." --Kevin Whitehead, "Fresh Air" "["Possibilities" is] very effective at its paramount task: getting the reader to dig into the catalog of this restless jazz genius with newly edified ears." "--""The Boston Globe" "Hancock, a Buddhist, writes about his spiritual journey in "Possibilities" but isn't preachy about his its effect on his life, relationships, music and philosophy. His stories of famous jazz artists are done with reverence and a sense of reporting, for the record, many artists who didn't achieve as much fame as others but should be given their equal artistic due." "--""New York Journal of Books" "Revelations come thick and fast in this terrific page-turner. Honest, self-effacing, and packed with good stories "Possibilities" presents an intimate self-portrait of one of popular music's most influential and affable keyboardists." "--""Mojo Magazine" ""Possibilities" is a vividly written reflection on his own life--and a way of living." "--""Milwaukee Shepherd Express" "A mind blowing who's who of jazz music . . . Amazing work here for musician and fan alike." "--""Ebony.com" "As the pianist relates his outre journey toward redemption, it becomes clear that spirituality and love have played overarching roles in his continued success and evolution." "--""Alibi" "Melodically weaving the notes of his personal life around his exploration of numerous music genres from classical and R&B to funk and hip-hop, renowned pianist Hancock elegantly composes a tuneful sound track of his life in music." "--""Publishers Weekly "(Starred Review) "A warm, inspiring book by a man who seems to have little ego despite a career spent near the peak of his art. Recommended reading for jazz aficionados." "--Kirkus" "He has remained true to his art and his (Buddhist) poise during turbulent times, and his description of his upbringing and encounters with often turbulent individuals (not least of them Davis) provides a unique slant on America's musical scene." "--Booklist " "Brilliant . . . reveals the method behind this remarkable jazz performer . . . a testament to a man who faced in life what seemed impossible and made it possible." "--Library Journal" "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 winder 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 as genius does." "--"Carlos Santana "Herbie Hancock is one of the greats. His book is a fascinating account of his time in the music business. From Miles Davis to Paul Simon and beyond, Herbie's stories are an insightful delight for all of us." "--"Paul McCartney