Jazz bassist and composer Ben Tucker has been killed in a strange and terrible accident.
The truest tribute to any musician is his or her music. And, for all his accomplishments as a musician and businessman, Tucker was best known for writing the song “Comin’ Home Baby,” a wonderfully funky tune covered by jazz and pop artists alike.
The break-through version of the song was by flutist Herbie Mann, with Tucker at the bass:
It would be taken up, with a lyric written by Bob Dorough, by the singer Mel Torme:
Quincy Jones arranged a version for his studio big band
The surf-guitar band, The Ventures, gave it a try:
And there is even this wonderfully quirky take on the tune, arranged for Kai Winding’s trombone-heavy band:
More recently, “Comin’ Home Baby” was covered by Michael Buble: