Revenge Recommends: "Dig Watermelon Man" by Herbie Hancock and Friends


This song started life in 1962 as a track on Takin’ Off, the debut album of jazz piano legend Herbie Hancock. The lyrics, co-written with jazz singer Gloria Lynne, who also recorded a version, seem to read like an emabarrassing double entendre. Thankfully this version, recorded with an all-star line-up in Paris in 1991, is instrumental. The performance took place in July 1991, at La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France, a couple of months before Miles Davis died from the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia and respiratory failure at the age of 65. He doesn't look too healthy, and doesn't do much, except a bit of tooting near the end. Kenny Garrett's sax solo is the highlight of the performance.

The line-up is as follows:

Miles Davis (trumpet) Bill Evans (clarinet)
Kenny Garrett (saxophone)
Herbie Hancock + Deron Johnson (keyboards)
Joe "Foley" McCreary (lead-bass)
Richard Patterson (electric upright bass)
Al Foster (drums)

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