Ben Tucker, R.I.P.

Posted June 4th, 2013 at 7:44 pm (UTC+0)
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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGBBwBrDvrM&list=PL3C9490913BB2494F

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXyb7IWDfO8

 

 

One Response to “Ben Tucker, R.I.P.”

  1. jackie says:

    rest in peace mr. tucker…….what a legend

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