VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Watermelon Man Mixtape”

MP3 03 Watermelon Man Mixtape.mp3 (93.20 MB)

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Yes, yes yall, it’s Herbie Hancock with his funky “Watermelon Man” song, flipped and tripping out 18 different ways PLUS a short interview segment in which Herbie talks about the second of three major hit versions of the song.

Hit version number one was on Herbie’s first release as a leader. Hit number two was by Mongo Santamaria. Herbie explains how that came about right before we hear Mongo tear it up at Montreaux. Hit number three was Herbie and the Headhunters. The original 1962 version opens the Mixtape, Herbie’s interview is in the middle and the Headhunters close us out.

In between all of that is some unexpected and tres interesting takes on a song that has probably been recorded more than any other Herbie song. Imagine everybody from Count Basie to Jimmy Smith, plus some Jamaican and Brazilian takes, and even a New Orleans brass band with rap version.

There’s not much to analyze. This is kick up your heels and have a good time music. So, enjoy.

—Kalamu ya Salaam

Watermelon Man Mixtape Playlist

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01 Best Of Herbie Hancock – Herbie Hancock
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02 Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home - Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan

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03 Count Basie Picks The Winners - Count Basie

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04 Here & Now - Paul Finnerty's Riff Raff Jazz Band

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05 Get Real - Rob Christian

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06 The Jamaican Beat - Jazz Jamaica

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07 Fretish - Victor Saumarez

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08 Accents - Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz

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09 Simply - Natural Carla Cook

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10 Bopa II Opera - WonderBrazz

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11 Latin Jazz - Recife All Stars

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12 ACJazz - ACJazz

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13 Herbie Hancock on "Watermelon Man" - Talking Jazz Singles - Ben Sidran

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14 Montreux Heat! - Mongo Santamaria

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15 Urbanator - Urbanator (featuring Herbie Hancock)

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16 La Trenggae - Taxi Gang + Dean & David

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17 Damn! - Jimmy Smith

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18 Soul Food For Thought - Vanessa Rodrigues

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19 Head Hunters - Herbie Hancock

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