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Early Reflections

"Acoustic post-bop jazz of rich lyricism, both subtle and audaciously gorgeous."
– Michael J. West,
VILLAGE VOICE


Bennie Maupin's highly personal bass clarinet sound helped define such classic jazz recordings as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, Big Fun and On the Corner, as well as recordings by Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, and the Headhunters. The multi-woodwind player has also recorded with Marion Brown, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw, to name only a few.

The instrumentation of Maupin’s current group, The Bennie Maupin Ensemble, harkens back to the tradition of great saxophone-bass-drum trios, such as the group led by Sonny Rollins with Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones. Maupin’s approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment.

Music

Jazz legend Bennie Maupin follows his highly acclaimed 2006 CD Penumbra, with Early Reflections, a beautiful recording of Maupin's European quartet featuring pianist Michal Tokaj, and guest vocalist Hania Rybka.

" A passionate outing of rumination and whimsy in the company of an all-Polish trio."
– Dan Ouellette, BILLBOARD

"A sublime mix of in the moment improvisation and synchronistic quartet interplay."
– Scott Gallaway, URBAN NETWORK

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Early Reflections

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Cryptogramophone Records

Bennie Maupin's CD, Penumbra (Cryptogramophone Records) is a profound musical statement by an important jazz artist who is at the pinnacle of his artistic powers. Penumbra is dedicated to the memory of Lyle "Spud" Murphy.

"Immensely satisfying"
Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

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Penumbra

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Cryptogramophone Records

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Contact

Contact Bennie Maupin:                            photo of Bennie Maupin by Ewelina Kowal
        email: benniemaupin@gmail.com
        tel: 626-797-0412

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Bennie Maupin Bio

        Penumbra CD Liner Notes

Click to hear the Radio interview with Bennie Maupin conducted by Richard Paske of Fresh Ears Media.

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Photo credits: # 1 by Ewelina Kowal; Bennie Maupin Ensemble and b&w photos by
Barbara DuMetz Photography; #3 & 4 by Gerry Walden Photography

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