“George Martin wasn’t going to leave his own studio, and Jeff never gave directions or said much, so there was nobody telling us what to do”: Listen to Wilbur Bascomb’s bassline on Jeff Beck’s Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Jeff Beck performs on stage at Royal Albert Hall
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Charles Mingus wrote the poignant ballad Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, which first appeared on his epic 1959 album Mingus Ah Um, in tribute to his gravely ill friend, saxophone giant Lester Young.

Since the original rendition, the song has gathered a bass guitar legacy, with covers by Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and others, but it was Jeff Beck's take on the tune, on his 1976 classic album Wired, that brought the most success.

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Chris Jisi was Contributing Editor, Senior Contributing Editor, and Editor In Chief on Bass Player 1989-2018. He is the author of Brave New Bass, a compilation of interviews with bass players like Marcus Miller, Flea, Will Lee, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Les Claypool and more, and The Fretless Bass, with insight from over 25 masters including Tony Levin, Marcus Miller, Gary Willis, Richard Bona, Jimmy Haslip, and Percy Jones.