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He's still full of surprises

Herbie Hancock's top Grammy Award caught many people off guard. Including Herbie.

February 24, 2008|Greg Burk | Special to The Times

Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism, which Hancock discovered many years ago, has also broadened his outlook.

"There's a tendency for people to look at things one way," he suggested. "And I've discovered through my practice of Buddhism that that's a real limitation. I try to see other ways of looking at things, and it just opens up new vistas for me."

Sometimes Hancock sticks with a vista he enjoys. After making his mark in New York with "Maiden Voyage," a series of other Blue Note recordings and a ton of work with Miles Davis, he moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and stayed. He likes the weather. He likes having a house with a pool and a garage. He still owns the rare AC Cobra sports car he bought in 1963 with the money he made from his first big instrumental hit, "Watermelon Man."

"New York is full of stuff that can feed you," said Hancock. "Well, at a certain point, I was full and bursting at the seams. And I wanted to summarize and analyze and kind of put things together. In New York, I felt like I was surviving. And when I came out to L.A., I finally felt like I was living."

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, February 24, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 29 words Type of Material: Correction
Herbie Hancock: A profile of Herbie Hancock appearing in today's Arts & Music section identifies the jazz musician as a Nichiren Shosh Buddhist. He is a Soka Gakkai Buddhist.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, March 02, 2008 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 25 words Type of Material: Correction
Herbie Hancock: A profile of Herbie Hancock appearing last Sunday identified the jazz musician as a Nichiren Shosh Buddhist. He is a Soka Gakkai Buddhist.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, March 09, 2008 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Buddhist denomination: A correction last Sunday that said musician Herbie Hancock was a Soka Gakkai Buddhist, not a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist, misspelled that denomination as Nichiren Shosh.

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