May 27, 2018
I've been talking to Herbie about doing a podcast for a while now - I'm glad it finally came together for this episode. Herbie is an amazing man: he's obviously an amazing musician, but also deeply involved in both technical and spiritual exploration. All of this is based on his abiding curiosity - and his willingness to learn. Our discussion ranged from Buddhism to Miles Davis to robotics, and it's a really great example of have a change with him - you never know quite where the conversation will land.
It's almost impossible to imagine the road that Herbie's traveled. From trying to keep up with Miles, to pushing the jazz envelope with the Head Hunters, to his embrace of technology and the awakening that was Rockit, and through his work in collaboration with artists like Paul Simon and Carlos Santana - it's all been stunning. In this chat, I don't spend a lot of time talking about his background (you can learn about this in his autobiography Possibilities); instead, we explore how things influence him - and how he can influence others.
It was an amazing discussion, as is every discussion with Herbie. Many thanks to him for sharing his time with me - and with us. Enjoy!