“Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” by Jeff Beck
(Music: Charles Mingus, Album: Wired, Epic 1976)
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it till y’all believe me: Jeff Beck is the greatest living guitarist. Listen to the intro to his version of this Charles Mingus classic and hear the incredible tone he has. Throughout the song, he has absolutely impeccable phrasing. He can begin with a beautifully constructed melody and gradually deconstruct it into a chaotic fury all the while maintaining the song’s integrity. Even at his most out-of-control, Beck is in absolute control. And it’s the ability to play both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between and to write or adapt songs that allow him to showcase these skills while still remaining an enjoyable listen that make him the greatest living guitarist.