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David Irwin

Yes, Bennie Maupin is one of the finer jazz bass clarinetists. I only recently began to appreciate how much he added to Bitches Brew. Do you know his work on Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters?

Robert Gable

Hmm, didn't realize he played with Herbie Hancock. I have a Headhunters tape I'll need to dig up.

Dean

Bennie Maupin is very underrated. He's got a great sound on the instrument, and comes up with interesting ideas.

Maupin was also part of Hancock's pre-Headhunters group, referred to by some as the Mwandishi band, after the album of the same name. The group also included Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), Billy Hart (drums) and Buster Williams (bass). If you like "Bitches
Brew" era Miles Davis, you really should check them out.

There was a nice two-fer CD available of the stuff they recorded for Warners, but I don't know if it's still in print. Also, look for Sextant, Hancock's first for CBS that features the same band and was reissued on CD a couple of years ago.

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