Cantaloupe Island

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"Cantaloupe Island"
Single by Herbie Hancock
from the album Empyrean Isles
Released 1964
Genre Modal jazz
Length 5:33
Label Blue Note Records
Songwriter(s) Herbie Hancock

"Cantaloupe Island" is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock and recorded for his 1964 album Empyrean Isles[1] during his early years as one of the members of Miles Davis' 1960s quintet. The musicians for the original 1964 recording were: Hancock (piano), Freddie Hubbard (cornet), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums).


El Chicano[edit]

El Chicano covered "Cantaloupe Island" on their 1970 album Viva Tirado. The song was one of nine songs released on this album, their first, which included the hit single "Viva Tirado".

Other samples and covers[edit]

In 1993, the song was sampled by the group Us3 on their song "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)", and has been used as bumper music on National Public Radio. Versions have been recorded by many artists, including Hugh Masekela, Brian Bromberg, Brownman Electryc Trio, Poncho Sanchez, Donald Byrd, Pat Metheny, Claude Nougaro, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tanghetto, Jack DeJohnette, Kai Winding, Yonderboi, Milton Nascimento, Nat Adderley and Bcn ska-jazz orquestra[2]


In 2000 "Cantaloupe Island" was placed at #19 in the "Jazz 100: One Hundred Quintessential Jazz Songs".[3]


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