The Bennie Maupin Ensemble - Penumbra album
Producer – Bennie Maupin. Recorded By – Nolan Shaheed. Recorded June 16,17 2003 at No Sound Studios, Pasadena, CA except track 14 recorded December 11, 2006 at Crypto Studios, Los Angeles, CA. (The recording date for track 14 given in booklet of release is wrong. The Cryptogramophone site stated: December 11, 2005). CG 129. The Bennie Maupin Ensemble. Penumbra (CD, Album, Promo).
Con questo Penumbra, Maupin conferma una raggiunta classicità nel ruolo di outsider nel panorama jazzistico internazionale, organizzando un ensemble assolutamente acustico nel quale si cimenta felicemente con cinque strumenti e mette in mostra le sue ottime qualità di compositore. L’album è articolato in modo da alternare composizioni strutturate, di durata superiore ai 4 minuti, che vanno a costituire il nocciolo duro dell’incisione, con altre sotto i tre minuti, piccole miniature che illuminano l’incedere rilassato e in qualche modo spirituale delle precedenti.
Maupin hasn't been heard from as a leader since 1998 on his fine, funky, Driving While Black. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy; he's played on records by Chick Corea, the Headhunters, George Cables, Victor Bailey, David Arnay, Mike Clark, and others. He was also part of DJ and producer Carl Craig's revolutionary Detroit Experiment. Penumbra is all his, however, and aside from Jewel in the Lotus, it may be the finest outing in his catalog as a leader. Maupin plays his usual array of instruments – tenor, soprano, flute, bass clarinet, and piano.
Bennie Maupin's first album in eight years is called Penumbra, and there are just so many reasons why this title is completely perfect. Firstly, there's that sound: the bass clarinet; the smoky, murky, deep and dark bass clarinet; the sound of furtive movements in the shadows, subterranean, lurking. Since then he's recorded rarely as a leader: a few albums in the '70s, 1998's Driving While Black - and now Penumbra. Finally, it seems, Maupin is summoning up the gravitas we've hoped for all these years - assuming his rightful position as the pre-eminent bass clarinettist in contemporary jazz, stepping out of the shadow cast by his old teacher, Eric Dolphy
Bennie Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis classic "Bitches Brew" album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as, "Big Fun" "Jack Johnson," and "On the Corner. He was a founding member of Herbie Hancocks seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancocks influential Mwandishi band. Born in 1940, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute and, most notably, the bass clarinet to his formidable arsenal of woodwind instruments. Exclusive discount for Prime members. Sample this album Artist (Sample).
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|2||Walter Bishop Jr.||6:32|
Music By – B. Maupin*, D. Oleszkiewicz*, M. Stephans*, D. M. Jackson*
|7||Message To Prez||6:02|
|10||One For Eric Dolphy||2:38|
|11||See The Positive||2:48|
|12||Trope On A Rope||3:48|
|13||The 12th Day||2:52|
Mixed By – Rich BreenRecorded By – Wayne Peet
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Cryptogramophone
- Copyright (c) – Cryptogramophone
- Recorded At – No Sound Studios
- Recorded At – Crypto Studios
- Artwork [Cover] – Martha Castillo
- Bass – Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz*
- Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Flute [Alto], Piano – Bennie Maupin
- Design [Graphic] – Alex Cline, Gareth Jiffeau
- Drums – Michael Stephans
- Executive-Producer – Bennie Maupin, Jeff Gauthier
- Liner Notes – Michael Stephans
- Mastered By – Rich Breen
- Music By – Bennie Maupin
- Percussion – Daryl Munyungo Jackson*
- Photography By [Black & White] – Barbara DuMetz
- Photography By [Color] – Dietmar Halbauer
- Producer – Bennie Maupin
- Recorded By – Nolan Shaheed
NotesRecorded June 16,17 2003 at No Sound Studios, Pasadena, CA
except track 14 recorded December 11, 2006 at Crypto Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
(The recording date for track 14 given in booklet of release is wrong. The Cryptogramophone site stated: December 11, 2005)
on the back of the cover printed:
'for promotional use only not for sale'
for liner notes and press materials go to: http://extranet.cryptogramophone.com
|CG 129||The Bennie Maupin Ensemble||Penumbra (CD, Album)||Cryptogramophone||CG 129||US||2006|