I’ve got into a panic…I should have learnt a new piece for tonight’s music lesson and I’m still here in the library chatting with Facebook young ladies. I still have two hours before expressing my worst with Cantaloupe Island, a jazz-fusion funky piece, composed by Herbie Hancock. The original composition is part of the album Empyrean Isles, come out in 1964, and it is performed by Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Hancock himself (piano), Ron Carter (double bass) and Tony Williams (drums). In 1994, US3 published a remixed version of the piece, entitling it “Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)”. Carrying out a brave and well-made jazz-rap contamination, the group probably recorded the best known version of the piece, which sold more than 1M copies in the USA only. In Italy, it was recently included into a commercial soundtrack. What can I say, if you don’t know it, you must listen to it.
Here is the score and the videos of this beautiful song: Cantaloupe
A good piano performance, by a young student: