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David Arnay

Pianist David Arnay, born in New York City, spent his formative professional years in Ithaca, New York. His keyboard work was integral to a series of original musical projects including a lengthy collaboration in the eclectic Zobo Funn Band with influential guitarist/composer David Torn. In Los Angeles, Arnay was recruited in 1994 by jazz woodwind legend Bennie Maupin for his new quintet. The group thrived for several years, performing Arnay's compositions along with Maupin's. “Playing with Bennie brought me to one of the coolest branches of the jazz family tree. He really helped me to listen more carefully, to leave more space and respect silence

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Read "Penumbra" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sassofonista chiave nella svolta elettrica di Miles Davis prima (Bitches Brew) e di Herbie Hancock poi (Mwhandishi Band e Headhunters) Bennie Maupin non ha mai ricevuto nella ormai lunga carriera i riconoscimenti che la sua statura di multistrumentista e compositore avrebbe meritato. Con questo Penumbra, Maupin conferma una raggiunta classicità nel ruolo di outsider nel panorama ...

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Read "Penumbra" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

For whatever it's worth, Bennie Maupin will continue to be associated with Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, and to an extent with Herbie Hancock and his fusion phase. But times and circumstances have changed, and it is good to see Maupin get into an acoustic setting that draws attention to his playing and his music. It is ...

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Read "Penumbra" reviewed by John Kelman

Bennie Maupin, whose bass clarinet work helped define Miles Davis' classic Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1969), was an equally key contributor to Herbie Hancock's 1970s Mwandishi and Headhunters groups. In light of this, it's hard to believe that he has released only six albums as a leader during his lengthy career. One bona fide classic, The Jewel ...

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The Bennie Maupin Ensemble: Penumbra

Read "Penumbra" reviewed by Chris May

Always the bridesmaid, rarely the bride, Bennie Maupin has spent most of his career supporting other artists--sometimes as a featured soloist, but more often as a background colourist. Since the mid-1990s he has stood in the shadows more than ever, concentrating on teaching and leading community outreach projects. Penumbra is his first album in eight years. ...


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