“Herbie Hancock Watermelon Man” 

14 Apr

Watermelon Man” is a jazz standard written by Herbie Hancock, first released on his debut album, Takin’ Off (1962).

First version was released as a grooving hard bop and featured improvisations by Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon.[1] A single of the tune reached the Top 100 of the pop charts. Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaría released the tune as a Latin pop single the next year on Battle Records, where it became a surprise hit, reaching #10 on the pop charts.[2]Santamaría’s recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. Hancock radically re-worked the tune, combining elements of funk, for the album Head Hunters (1973).[1]


Posted by on April 14, 2017 in jazz, music



4 responses to “ “Herbie Hancock Watermelon Man” 

  1. 7128788elf

    April 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for posting this, I have some of the Hancock early recordings from the Blue note years, but not this, though In do have the headhunter version. I love it, and it is interesting how the intervals and spaces in the music are very similar to Dave Brubeck’s Take five, another of my favorites from that time. I enjoyed so much in fact, that I have decided to share it. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.


  2. RonMamita

    April 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Retrieves more fond memories from seasons past…


  3. America On Coffee

    April 22, 2017 at 2:40 am



  4. America On Coffee

    April 22, 2017 at 2:45 am


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