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Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.    — CHARLES MINGUS

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#Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel.

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Charles Mingus and his band (pictured: Horace Parlan, Shafi Hadi/Curtis Porter, and Booker Ervin) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 (photos by Dennis Stock)

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Charles Mingus (Kathy Sloane, photographer): I know he's playing the opening riff for "Haitian Fight Song"!

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Mingus Ah Um is a jazz album by Charles Mingus, recorded and released on Columbia Records in 1959. It was his first album recorded for Columbia. The cover features a painting by S. Neil Fujita.

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