Parodies, puns and assorted doodles inspired by favored tunes

Watermelon Man

1963 Herbie Hancock

“‘Watermelon Man’ is a jazz standard written by Herbie Hancock for his debut album, Takin’ Off. Hancock’s first version was released as a grooving hard bop record, and featured improvisations by Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon. A single reached the Top 100 of the pop chart. Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaría released the tune as a Latin pop single and it became a surprise hit, reaching No. 10 on the pop chart. 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.” Wikipedia

Inspiration is drawn from Headhunters album cover

Favorite Recordings

Herbie Hancock/Dexter Gordon

Mongo Santamaria

Herbie Hancock (1973)
Quincy Jones & Herbie Hancock (and Nikki Yanofsky)