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Bennie Maupin: Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch!

Read "Bennie Maupin: Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch!" reviewed by William Ellis


"My One LP—yes, it's the Eric Dolphy album he did on Blue Note called Out to Lunch! The album has Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Richard Davis and Tony Williams, and it is such a phenomenal shift from anything that had been done on Blue Note Records. The compositions and the playing and the quality from Blue Note was always good because of Rudy Van Gelder and he captured this in such a wonderful way, it just resonated with me, you ...

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Multiple Reviews

Bennie Maupin: Early Reflections & The Jewel In The Lotus

Read "Bennie Maupin: Early Reflections & The Jewel In The Lotus" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


Bennie Maupin Early Reflections Cryptogramophone 2008 Bennie Maupin The Jewel In The Lotus ECM 2007

The reascendence of Bennie Maupin is a heartening story. After an almost 15-year period (1965-1979 in recorded terms) when the saxophonist was one of the most exciting players in jazz and graced a remarkably wide range ...

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Album Review

The Bennie Maupin Quartet: Early Reflections

Read "Early Reflections" reviewed by John Kelman


After establishing his reputation in the 1960s and 1970s with artists including Miles Davis, Andrew Hill and Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin mysteriously disappeared for over a decade. Re-emerging in the 1990s, it's still only been recently--with the release of the overdue reissue of his 1974 ECM classic, The Jewel in the Lotus in 2007, and his first album as a leader in eight years, the sublime Penumbra (Cryptogramophone, 2006)--that the woodwind multi-instrumentalist has returned to greater visibility. Early Reflections's instrumentation ...

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Album Review

Bennie Maupin: The Jewel In The Lotus

Read "The Jewel In The Lotus" reviewed by Budd Kopman


For the collector, a first-time issue on CD of any of ECM's early releases is most welcome. Which ones are chosen for release--and when they are issued--may well appear to be arbitrary to the outsider, despite a certain plan internal to the label.That The Jewel In The Lotus, first released in 1974, has finally been issued on CD is worth celebrating for two reasons: first, the music is of the highest quality; and second, Bennie Maupin has not ...

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Album Review

Bennie Maupin: The Jewel in the Lotus

Read "The Jewel in the Lotus" reviewed by John Kelman


Of the ECM titles that have remained unavailable on CD, woodwind multi-instrumentalist Bennie Maupin's The Jewel in the Lotus (1974) has long been considered a holy grail for collectors in search of a vinyl copy, and a title that's been on many fans' wish lists for release on CD. Well, it's finally happened and it's been worth the wait. Those familiar will recognize it as still classic thirty years on; for those unfamiliar with its magic, it's time to get ...

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Album Review

Bennie Maupin: Penumbra

Read "Penumbra" reviewed by Matthew Miller


One of the true challenges faced by the creative artist is the need to evolve over the course of a career, to respect the past while staring unflinchingly toward the future. This is especially true of improvising musicians, who do this while inextricably in the moment, creating structure from chaos, revealing the future in the blinding light of the present. Multi-instrumentalist Bennie Maupin takes on this challenge with Penumbra, a release that marks him as one of the true visionaries ...

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Profile

Bennie Maupin

Read "Bennie Maupin" reviewed by Andrey Henkin


In AllAboutJazz-New York's Best of 2006 spread, three of the four Best Album lists included Bennie Maupin's Penumbra. The disc was his first since 1998's Driving While Black (Intuition), an album few in the jazz world really knew. A listener would have to go back to the '70s when Maupin released a couple of funk albums for Mercury or perhaps even earlier to his 1974 ECM debut The Jewel in the Lotus to find Maupin the leader, the composer, given ...


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