Herbie Hancock "Watermelon Man" Live at Java Jazz Festival 2012

  • Published on:  Monday, January 28, 2013
  • Herbie Hancock - Java Jazz Festival 2012
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  • Source: https://youtu.be/pIoCSkjz8aA


  • Yehor Dndz-b-roots

    Yehor Dndz-b-roots

     5 months ago

    Look at the drummer's face at 9.19. He is like a owh man I'm so fed up with that low bully-buggly shiet, it's time to get a Real one job maybe, okay stop thinking just play nothing else, damn. Keep up with that intelligent bass player! Amaazoning

  • Ewout Geentriangeldus

    Ewout Geentriangeldus

     7 months ago

    It starts for me with Cameleon and it never stopted

  • hrs1414


     8 months ago +1

    Is that opening groove from a specific song or are they just jammin like legends?

  • Tanglangfa


     10 months ago

    They’re all great, of course, but that bass player is sick!

  • Jacob Blackburn

    Jacob Blackburn

     a years ago

    Anyone else stop to see what albums are on his screen?

  • Eddie Williams

    Eddie Williams

     a years ago

    The Incredible Herbie Hancock and mates extraordinaire¬

  • Tshidiso Makoti

    Tshidiso Makoti

     a years ago

    Love how Herbie moves around to play with everyone

  • Robert Śmietana

    Robert Śmietana

     a years ago

    It's ugly!

  • Danilo Araimo

    Danilo Araimo

     a years ago


  • Edmundo Fraga

    Edmundo Fraga

     a years ago

    show eeeeeeee

  • Josef Horwath

    Josef Horwath

     a years ago +1

    While this is certainly a classic jazz album and one of my personal favorites, I think much of the story behind its creation is often unheard, which is definitely important when it comes to the transforming world of music, the universal accessibility of music and technological advancements when it comes to music. To be more specific, in an article published by Steven Feld titled, “The Poetics and Politics of Pygmy Pop,” which addresses Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, and some of the issues of appropriation related to the album. Specifically, in the song that Hancock talks about in this interview, “Watermelon Man,” the flute that is used in the original 1973 version of the song is basically a direct copy with very little changed from its original hindewhu form. While this hindewhu flute used in Pygmy music can only produce one sound, there isn’t much variation with the sounds in general, but the voice over the flute is exactly the same as well. This is not uncommon in music as people borrow from other people’s musical ideas from others but in this case it is extreme especially since his justification for this is just that they are, “brothers… all making African music.” Obviously there wasn’t evil intent with Hancock taking from this form of music to add to his jazz/funk style, where it meshes beautifully, it is just really hard in my opinion to come with a way to credit the artist where the music is taken from, even if it was really only used complimentary to Hancock’s addition of his own music but also as an inspiration for the new sounds that Hancock put on his album. It is extremely hard to draw a line for appropriation, but I do think that credit here is deserved and that Hancock’s justification is insufficient because of how it fit in to his track.

    Moreover, it is interesting in this video where Hancock chooses to play this song without the hindewhu intro to the song. In the original, as Feld suggests, it was his friend Bill Summers who was able to produce that unique sound and perhaps it is omitted here because it is a sound that is difficult to produce. But even then, its omission in this performance brings light to the fact that this sample that Hancock takes could be interpreted as borderline appropriation.

    In terms of Hancock’s justification as well as explanation for what inspired him to produce this song, he describes it as the “black experience.” While this is certainly unique to him and allows many people who share similar experiences with him relate to the music, I think this is where Hancock’s authenticity arises. Specifically from these unique experiences that he describes early on in the video and ability to describe them using musical tones, hindewhu introduction aside.

    All in all, I think that the production of this type of music is very complex and there is often much more behind it than just a random collection of sounds that are put together by one artist, as Hancock describes in this video.

    Also, see link below for the Hancock's interview.


  • Connor Shivley

    Connor Shivley

     a years ago

    Im 22 and love these guys

  • lennylenz


     a years ago +1

    Just plain out BAD!!!!  Like Rev Run said not bad meaning bad but Bad meaning good!!!!!

  • Cessaly D Hutchinson

    Cessaly D Hutchinson

     a years ago

    Love me some Herbie!

  • Kleinequietboy Kleinequietboy

    Kleinequietboy Kleinequietboy

     a years ago

    kill these admen Madmen. Audi adsLobotomize them for attemptingto lobotomize current generations, correlating driving loud white obnoxious status symbols with courage, success, fulfillment, love. Assholes. i'd hook'em up Clockwork Orange style, watching endless loops of this ad, so they'd be literally gagging on their own psychic vomit. Forever.

  • Albie Burks

    Albie Burks

     a years ago

    another level

  • Vlad Lisovyk

    Vlad Lisovyk

     a years ago

    what instrument is mr. Herbie playin`?

  • alain Szyller

    alain Szyller

     a years ago

    actually, it seems he uses this 88 keys keyboard as a midi controller for that Kronos 61 ?

  • alain Szyller

    alain Szyller

     a years ago

    can someone tell me what is the Korg keyboard he plays on , below the Kronos ?
    I am aware that even with the same Korg I will never play like The Master
    but whatever , i am curious to know more about that beast

  • katherine williams

    katherine williams

     a years ago

    watermelon this one for you love always Cottoncandy