CHARLES MINGUS: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Why is a post about this tune “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” performed by the Mingus Big Band driving so much (it’s not really that much) traffic to my blog? It’s not even the original song, that’s why I decided to post the original ballad composed by Charles Mingus, dedicated to saxophonist Lester Young who had died a few months before the album “Mingus Ah Um” was recorded, and named after Young’s favourite type of hat.

In a beautiful and really unforgettable melody, John Handy plays an exceptional tenor sax solo, but now it’s time to get back to the main reason of this post – the traffic to my blog – apparently the YouTube uploader of the Goodbye Pork Pie Hat‘s version by the Mingus Big Band confessed he ignored the name of the saxophone soloist and asked for help to identify him.

Two of the commenters dropped this link as having the answer for the mystery!

That’s how I went viral! :D:D:D

John Handy – tenor saxophone Booker Ervin – tenor saxophone Shafi Hadi – tenor saxophone Horace Parlan – piano Charles Mingus – bass Dannie Richmond – drums

Lester Young