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This composition was originally recorded as

(1) Inspiration in the spring of 1949

It was later recorded in rearrangements with different titles:

(2) God's Portrait (recorded September 1949 but not released),

(3) Make Believe (recorded 1952 with lyrics),

(4) Portrait (recorded 1952 , 1962, 1966 , 1971, and 1972 ), and

(5) Old Portrait (recorded 1963 and 1965).

Nat Hentoff also reports that Mingus changed the title from ‘God's Portrait’ to ‘Self Portrait’ and then to simply ‘Portrait’. (Although apparently the ‘Self Portrait… read more

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