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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Charles Mingus

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Montreux Jazz Festival,
Montreux, Switzerland, 1975


Band leader and bassist Charles Mingus wrote “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” 16 years before this Swiss performance. He would later retitle it more literally as “Theme for Lester Young.” Just a couple of months prior to its composition Lester Young – who was well known for wearing a pork pie hat – died. And so Charles Mingus decided to pay tribute.


Charles Mingus, bass
Don Pullen, piano
George Adams, tenor saxophone
Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone
Benny Bailey, trumpet
Dannie Richmond, drums

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