Charlie Mingus composed this iconic jazz track in an emotional state of mourning.
It was effectively an elegy for the legendary saxophonist Lester Young.
He’d died only two months before the recording session.
He was famous for wearing a broad-rimmed pork pie hat- hence the title of the track.
It’s difficult to argue with the fact that this is probably Mingus’ most well known creation.
It’s been repeatedly covered by other jazz and jazz fusion artists.
Joni Mitchell had so much respect for it, she added lyrics to the music in the album she worked on with Mingus before he passed away.
Hannah Green appreciates Charles’ Mingus’ elegy for Lester Young, one of the most influential tenor sax players ever.
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