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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: August 29, 1940

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 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.

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Featured recording “Penumbra”

Penumbra

Cryptogramophone
2006
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    Slow Traffic To The Right & Moonscapes

    Enja Records
    2011
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    Early Reflections

    Cryptogramophone
    2008
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    Penumbra

    Cryptogramophone
    2007
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    The Jewel in the Lotus

    ECM Records
    2007
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    Penumbra

    Cryptogramophone
    2006
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    Driving While Black

    Enja Records
    1998
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    Slow Traffic To The Right

    Enja Records
    1977
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