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Bennie Maupin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.73 | 14 ratings

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4 stars It's probably kicking in an open door to mention Bennie Maupin plays more the funky jazz than sheer jazz. The great wind artist is nevertheless essential for jazz history (or is that kicking in this same open door ? :) And this fantastic album undeniably reminds me of how much I actually love jazz and all its side ways. Because besides my very favorite the smooth jazz (like Steely Dan plays it) also this funky jazz appeals to me big time.

And Bennie Maupin is a master of creating a great atmosphere through his music. It's the kind of music that was to be heard in typical 70's and 80's TV-series as Starsky and Hutch, Hill Steet Blues and Taxi. Boy, those good old days ... I even wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Maupin composed some of the music in those series. Mouth watering stuff really. And what I also like is that even though all songs are great, there is still variation in sound, style and atmosphere.

Funky Jazz is maybe not the best example of jazz prog but still I feel Bennie Maupin is justifiably here on PA, maybe in a sort of borderline way but, well at least I don't mind. His music is elaborate and complex enough to defend his presence. I love it to the bone and award this album with at least four stars. Music can hardly get much better as far as I'm concerned.

progrules | 4/5 |


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