Donna Lee (2:27)

Cover of Jaco Pastorius

From Jaco Pastorius and 17 other releases

“Donna Lee” is a bebop jazz standard in A flat based on the chord changes of the traditional jazz standard “(Back Home Again in) Indiana”.

Jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius recorded his interpretation of the tune, a solo fretless electric bass rendition, featuring Don Alias on congas, for his debut album Jaco Pastorius (1976)

Miles Davis composed the tune; his first recorded composition, although authorship is often credited to saxophonist Charlie Parker. Parker was credited on the original 78 rpm recordings, a mistake perpetuated through numerous reissues and causing early confusion. The tune was copyrighted under Parker’s name. It was named after bassist Curly Russell’s daughter, Donna Lee Russell, a title assigned by producer Teddy Reig.

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