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1 Donald Byrd on Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:01 pm

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2 Re: Donald Byrd on Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:27 pm

"One day, in the early 1960's, Mongo Santamaria called up Herbie Hancock and asked him to sit in as a pianist with Mongo's band, which was then performing at Club Cubano InterAmericano on Prospect Avenue, a popular Latin music spot. Herbie was reluctant to do it because he never played Latin before, but accepted the offer and was doing pretty well by the end of the first set. Then during intermission, Donald Byrd, who was there, asked Herbie to play his original composition "Watermelon Man" for Mongo. When Herbie started doing this, Mongo's band, especially his huge percussion section, started joining in, and before you knew it the whole club was dancing. Mongo was so excited by what happened that he asked if he could record the song. He did, and it became his greatest hit."


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3 Re: Donald Byrd on Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:34 pm

A great musician
able to do Pure Jazz
Jazz Funk and Fusion.

And Like Billy Cobham
is on the GTA4 game music choice

He will be missed.



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