Are tributes to other artists a jazz thing? Do other genres do this? Prompted by my love for Mingus’ elegy for Lester Young, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”, and for Chick Corea and Gary Burton’s live performance of “Bud Powell” on In Concert: Zurich. I think a compilation of such tracks would make a good record.

I think Bud Powell had a tune called “Thelonious”, and @hotrecords has suggested Miles’ tribute to Duke, “He Loved Him Madly” via twitter. Are there any more?

6 responses to “Tributary

  1. The song that leaps to mind is Monk’s “In Walked Bud” for Bud Powell. I’m sure there are a lot more, will have a think about it.

  2. Haven’t thought of any other jazz examples, but there must be plenty of examples in other genres. I was listening to John Cale’s Brian Wilson tribute “Mr Wilson” today and in its way it is as perfect a tribute to Wilson as “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” is to Lester Young.

  3. Benny Golson – I Remember Clifford (for Clifford Brown)

    John Lewis (0f MJQ fame) – Django (for Django Reinhardt)

    Dizzy Gillespie – Woody’n You (for Woody Herman)

    Everybody thinks ‘Billie’s Bounce’ is a tribute to Billie Holliday, but Charlie Parker was apparently thinking of Dizzy Gillespie’s agent’s secretary. Said agent, Billie Shaw, was a former trumpeter, and is the dedicatee of Gillespie’s ‘Shaw ‘Nuff’.

    Could self-promoting tunes (Yardbird Suite, Lester Leaps In, Moten Swing, Blue Monk) be considered tributes now, when they’re played by other artists?

  4. I think they should be on a separate disc of the collection.

    When I think of this stuff in other genres, the first thing that springs to mind is 80s pop tracks namechecking 60s soul artists – ‘Levi Stubbs’ Tears’, ‘When Smokey Sings’ etc.

    There’s also Cabaret Voltaire’s track ‘James Brown’, but I think they were just being weird.

  5. “Geno” by Dexys Midnight Runners

  6. Btw, cheers for the twitter link to my blog.

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