Saturday, June 20, 2009

ROCK Sex: Herbie Hancock> Mongo Santamaria> Herbie Hancock

ROCK Sex is all about scratching each other's back; 'you do me, I'll do you'.

Previously I gave examples of how one song can take on new life under different artists, and also how an artist inspires another artist who re-inspires the first artist. Well, today is an example of both.


HERBIE HANCOCK was a jolt of new life on the Jazz scene in the early 60's, and he scored an immediate hit from his 1962 debut album penning this hip-swaying classic:

HERBIE HANCOCK -"WATERMELON MAN" (1962)




Afro-Cuban percussionist MONGO SANTAMARIA was quick to pick up on the Latin Jazz tinge and expand it fully on his classic cover hit. It soon became a standard with great versions by Quincy Jones, Manfred Mann, Maynard Ferguson, and The J.B.'s to follow.

MONGO SANTAMARIA -"WATERMELON MAN" (1962)




BIG MAMA THORNTON, famed for the original "Hound Dog", made this Blues stride out of it, complete with funny monologue:

BIG MAMA THORNTON -"WATERMELON MAN" (1970)




Herbie re-invented himself in the early 70's as an afro-futurist, blending tribal instruments with space-age electronics. In similar phoenix fashion he reforged his own classic:

HERBIE HANCOCK & THE HEADHUNTERS -"WATERMELON MAN" (1973)



You got my back, I got yours.

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