“Herbie Hancock Watermelon Man” 

  Watermelon Man” is a jazz standard written by Herbie Hancock, first released on his debut album, Takin’ Off (1962). First version was released as a grooving hard bop and featured improvisations by Freddie Hubbard and Dexter Gordon. A single of the tune reached the Top 100 of the pop charts. Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaría released the tune as a Latin pop single the next year on Battle Records, where it became a […]

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Make It Summer – Niina Soleil

“‘Make it Summer’ is ultimately about escape. [And, *Singer/Songwriter Niina Soleil makes her premier.] Maybe your escape takes the form of a car, or a weekend getaway; maybe it’s a vivid daydream, or fantasy. But my song celebrates all summer escapes, the spirit of adventure, the impulse to break free from whatever holds you back. […]

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WHY DOES COFFEE SMELL SO GOOD?

I was sitting at my desk this week, furiously bashing the keys to produce an article for a 5pm deadline, when a familiar smell caught my nostrils and my attention. It was the all too familiar and tantalising aroma of a fresh pot of coffee wafting across the office. It’s not just the smell of […]

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Barry White “Love’s Theme”

“Love’s Theme” is an instrumental piece recorded by Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra and released in 1973 as an A-Side single. It is one of the few instrumental and purely orchestral singles to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, which it did in early 1974. Billboard ranked it […]

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