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    Beneath the Underdog

    Charles Mingus, Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and human rights activist. Having released numerous records of high regard, Mingus is considered one of the most important composers and performers of jazz as well as a pioneer in bass technique.

    Nearly as well known as his ambitious music was Mingus' often fearsome temperament, which earned him the nickname "The Angry Man of Jazz." Wikipedia

    "Beneath the Underdog" is the title of his autobiography -- a fairly megalomaniac tome that sustains his reputation as an egocentric iconoclast. There is no denying that he is one of a small handful of Jazz composers that led the development of the art form. (A group that would also include Ellington, Monk, Coltrane and Miles.)
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    I always look forward to your paintings AL and this one again is great. There seems to be quite an aura around him. I like it very much
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    Incredible and moving piece, Al! I love to hear about the artist's subject and I'm so glad that you could provide us this interesting information regarding Charles Mingus, Jr. What a wonderful tribute you've been able to paint for him.

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    I like this painting very much It shows that you dont have to paint a portraite in real colors to make an impact of expresion. I dont know if I am making sence but I know what I mean. anyway I like it Best wishes Jo x

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    I like it this

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    I like the contrast in this painting .
    "All are about quiet and light." Dany
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    Hi Al, wow, I really like this one for its great palette and contrasts. Very good posture, i can almost hear him playing.

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    Thanks Katie, Sandra, Eileen, Jo, EB, Dany and Belvrog -- your comments and encouragement are wonderful! Al

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    Al - Another Outstanding interpretation! I don't know whether you do this, but you should submit these to jazz producers as CD Cover art. Mingus was great, wasn't he?! Even Joni Mitchell did an album dedicated to him.
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