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he's talking to Elvis Costello. Interesting interview.
1962! He was a kid! Yet he did this????????
LOL. Every single video of a famous jazz pianist giving a talk and playing has them using either a Bosendorfer or a Fazioli.
4:40 my favorite part :D
I can't give you but my love, Hancock!
Explanation ends at 3:53
"Mongo" Santamaría (April 7, 1917 – February 1, 2003) was a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" (recorded on December 17, 1962) was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
i love these creative stories
Herbie was a great jazz pianist at an early age. I believe he was playing with Miles as a teenager! With all due respect to Herbie, his rap here is very problematic. I like his back story of how Watermelon Man came about, but I'm reluctant to believe any of it. The most likely scenario is that Herbie was practicing piano one day. Playing around. Improvising. And his fingers hit up a lick and it caught his ear. This happens frequently to musicians. Call it a happy accident. Call it a bonus for all the hours and study that preceded it. Herbie hits on a lick and plays with it, develops it. It has no name. It's just a riff that he digs and it's his own. Over time he shapes it into a composition of five or six minutes. He thinks about it and finally he gives it a name: Watermelon Man. Likewise his rap here is contrived and worked out. As I said I like it but I don't believe it. I like Herbie and I like Watermelon Man but not his shtick.
man first conguero i ever heard mongo still influenced me today herbie ur right
this is awesome
It is just a real artistic experience to listen to a composer perform his music. This guy is just fantastic...was early in his career and he just keeps getting better all the time!
Dude is in his 70s and he doesn't look a day over 45
Happy Birthday, Herbie Hancock!
who else is here because of school
I know he got a million story on the circuit with Miles Davis
I want to know how Spank-a-Lee was composed, and Paul Jackson's role in the composing process
J' a d o r e !!!!
super wersja !!!