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Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Charles Mingus

 
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Montreux Jazz Festival,
Montreux, Switzerland, 1975

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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.

Personnel:

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



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