If it sounds good and feels good, then it IS good!
Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.
By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Take The “A” Train (Reveille with Beverly from 1943):
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I don’t look at music from the standpoint of being a musician; I look at it from the standpoint of being a human being.
It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz.
Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music. Throughout his explorations, he has transcended limitations and genres while still maintaining his unique, unmistakable voice.
April 12: Herbie Hancock was born in 1940 – Happy 75th birthday!
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Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world.
Nina Simone was one of the most gifted vocalists of her generation, and also one of the most eclectic.
~Mark Deming (allmusic.com)
Ain’t Got No…I’ve Got Life:
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