Cantelope Rock – Jo Jo Bennett And The Fugitives (Jo Jo Bennett Production)
There is something about Cantelope Rock that gets right under your skin, even people who don’t know or like Jamaican music will tap their feet to this.
Cantelope Rock is a version of Herbie Hancock’s jazz classic Canteloupe Island written in 1964, though the original Jamaican label gives the writers credit to Hugh Masekela who also recorded the tune in the mid 60’s. Obviously Jo Jo Bennett’s masterful horns lead is the main event here but there is also a great piano line running through this, the occasional vocal call dropped in to the mix also helps build to the crescendo without ever being over done.
Cantelope Rock was originally issued on the Fugitive label in Jamaica and on Doctor Bird in the UK. It is currently available on seven inch vinyl on the Moodisc label (with an added intro).