Meeting the Jazz legend Herbie Hancock
What song influenced you the most?
Not a particular song but many composers and orchestrators from various styles of music influenced me:
a. Stravinski - Sacre Du Printemps
b. Ravel - Daphnis et Chloe
c. James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
d. Sly Stone - Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin
e. Miles Davis with Gil Evans - albums: Miles Ahead (with Gil Evans), Kind Of Blue
f. Weather Report - band: Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul
g. Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, Chris Anderson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner
h. Ray Charles - Georgia
What is your favorite song/favorite artist today?
a. Wayne Shorter's current music - small group and orchestral music
b. Joni Mitchell
c. Danilo Perez - pianist with Wayne Shorter's band
d. Esperanza Spaulding - Chamber Music Society
You say Chris Anderson is a mentor you wanted to have as soon as you heard him. What is the song you heard from him that made you say this?
Don't Follow The Crowd, and other ballads
Who would you like to most collaborate with today?
Rappers, poets, and electronic musicians from various cultures and the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel
Which is Miles Davis' most important piece?
Each one that came from his heart. In other words, all of them
What is your most precious memory of him?
During one of our best concerts I played a very wrong chord at the peak of one of his solos. He didn't judge it. He took a breath and played some notes that made my chord right.
What Herbie Hancock's interview with Eve Jackson here....