Charles Mingus: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Charles Mingus (bass)
Mingus Ah Um (Columbia/Legacy Jazz 065512)
Composed by Charles Mingus.
Recorded: New York, May 12, 1959
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Late in life, Lester Young was asked if any of the myriad younger musicians who copied his style had ever thanked him. "No," said the tenor sax giant, "none have." Which makes this tribute all the more poignant, for no jazzman could have been less like Lester than Charles Mingus. Pres was cool, ethereal, pithy and wistful. Mingus was fiery, earthy, caustic and withering. Yet on an album paying homage to such greats as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, Mingus also provides this gentle, loving requiem to Lester. Mingus said it for us all. Thank you, Pres.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz
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