Chameleon (Herbie Hancock)

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Chameleon is a jazz standard composed by Herbie Hancock , Bennie Maupin , Paul Jackson and Harvey Mason , who also recorded the original version on Hancock's 1973 album Head Hunters .

Musical characteristics

The piece has a characteristic bass line and is played on a funk beat . It is mostly based on a two-chord vamp .

Cover versions

Chameleon is a very well-known jazz standard and is now part of the standard repertoire of many small jazz ensembles. The piece has been performed by a variety of artists including Maceo Parker , Buddy Rich , Kimiko Kasai , Stanley Jordan , Maynard Ferguson , Eddie Jefferson , Gov't Mule , Monty Alexander with Sly Dunbar & Robert Shakespeare , Michał Urbaniak , The String Cheese Incident , Umphrey's McGee , James Morrison , and many more, gecovert .