Watermelon Man (6:57)

Cover of Head Hunters

From Head Hunters and 151 other releases

“Watermelon Man” is a jazz standard written by Herbie Hancock, first released on his debut album, Takin’ Off (1962), in a grooving hard bop version that featured improvisations by Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon.

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. 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).

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This track is taken from Cantaloupe Island and is not the funky version from Headhunters. It is a very simple number with only 3 chords in it, which makes for some really laid back soloing. Unusually for jazz of the time, the piano plays a funky riff which continues throughout, except of course where Herbie needs both hands for his own solo! It is a milestone piece from one of the world’s most influential jazzers.

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  • A_Trane

    COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!

    12 Aug 2:55pm Reply
  • Cure1980

    Herbie knows where the fusion Hammer hungs..

    10 Aug 11:09am Reply
  • glenth2

    Give me the brassy original anytime

    14 Jul 1:28pm Reply
  • granpubah

    Yeesss!

    4 Jul 9:34pm Reply
  • karnickel

    24 Jun 6:58pm Reply
  • kissmylips22

    Thanks you DADDY I will always LOVE you

    1 May 5:43pm Reply
  • appidydafoo

    (:

    3 Mar 5:22pm Reply
  • jazziac

    great tune

    19 Jan 12:54pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Immortal!

    15 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Skittles-90

    Too sick.

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • radio_face

    Great track.

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • geo0939

    ....not comedy, humour.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • geo0939

    Inventive funk for sure, with some comedy too.

    3 Nov 2013 Reply
  • didgeridoo-fm

    finest stuff♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ cooolllll♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ coooolllllll♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ coooooolllllllllll♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ finest stuff...........

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Takin' Off version >>>>> Head Hunters version.

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • gtooles

    One of the many outstanding tracks by a Jazz Legend.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Timeless

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • walkingsquirrel

    love this

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • StuartHaden1

    I can't stand watermelon but I sure like the man. Funky fun.

    25 May 2013 Reply
  • AndreinSeattle

    Oh it is the Watermelon Man! When it first started I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Good stuff.

    9 May 2013 Reply
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