“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” is a jazz standard composed by jazz bassist Charles Mingus . The song was recorded by his sextet in 1959 and released on his album Mingus Ah Um. Mingus wrote it as an elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who had died two months prior to the recording session, and was known to wear a broad-rimmed pork pie hat. It is one of Mingus’ best-known compositions and has been recorded by many jazz and jazz fusion artists. Joni Mitchell added lyrics to the song for her album Mingus, recorded in collaboration with Mingus during the months before his death.
Check out the original recording, Dave Holland’s solo bass version, and Joni Mitchell’s version with Jaco. Mingus!
“Goodbye Porkpie Hat” Original by Charles Mingus
Dave Holland Solo Bass