Bennie Maupin

Genres: Jazz
Tags: jazz soul-jazz jazz-funk jazz saxophone smooth jazz free jazz post-bop saxophone modern jazz modal jazz hard bop funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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29 August 1946, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Some sources say his date of birth is 1940, the great majority state 1946. Maupin played saxophone in high school before studying music at the Detroit Institute for Music and Art. He came to New York in 1963, making his living from commercial music while playing with saxophonists Marion Brown and Pharoah Sanders. In 1966, he played with Roy Haynes and in 1968 joined the Horace Silver Quintet. By 1969, drummer Jack DeJohnette had introduced him to Miles Davis who made his bass clarinet improvisations an integral part of Bitches Brew. Maupin went on to play with pianists Chick Corea and Andrew Hill before joining Herbie Hancock’s sextet in 1970. He played with the band that recorded the influential Head Hunters, and continued with Hancock when the sextet became the funk band. Maupin subsequently settled in Los Angeles where he has continued to work and record.

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