Bennie Maupin

About Bennie Maupin

Bennie Maupin is an American jazz composer and multi-instrumentalist who performs on bass clarinet, saxophones, and flute. His harmonically advanced “outside” improvisation style is balanced by a folk-like melodic sensibility. While best-known for his key role on Miles Davis' seminal Bitches Brew, Maupin was also a founding member of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi and Headhunters bands. A prolific sideman, his playing appears on hundreds of recordings. His leader debut, Jewel in the Lotus, appeared from ECM in 1974, followed by the futurist jazz-funk dates Slow Traffic to the Right (1977) and Moonscapes (1978) for Mercury. Driving While Black, with Dr. Patrick Gleeson, was issued by Intuition in 1998. In 2006 he released Penumbra with an all-Polish quartet, and followed with the same group with 2008’s Early Reflections. In 2022, Maupin and percussionist Adam Rudolph issued Symphonic Tone Poem for Brother Yusef in tribute to mentor and collaborator Yusef Lateef.

  • HOMETOWN
    Detroit, MI
  • BORN
    August 29, 1940

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