Bennie Maupin

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Bennie Maupin
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Maupin
Born (1940-08-29) August 29, 1940 (age 83)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
Instrument(s)Saxophone, flute, lyricon, bass clarinet
LabelsColumbia, ECM, Mercury, Cryptogramophone
Bennie Maupin, 30th Detroit International Jazz Festival

Bennie Maupin (born August 29, 1940)[1] is an American jazz multireedist who performs on various saxophones, flute, and bass clarinet.[2]

Maupin was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States.[1] He is known for his participation in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi sextet and Headhunters band, and for performing on Miles Davis's seminal fusion record, Bitches Brew.[1] Maupin has collaborated with Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan and many others.[1] He is noted for having a harmonically-advanced, "out" improvisation style, while having a different sense of melodic direction than other "out" jazz musicians such as Eric Dolphy.

Maupin was a member of Almanac, a group with Cecil McBee (bass), Mike Nock (piano) and Eddie Marshall (drums).[citation needed]

The Headhunters in 1974. Maupin is on the right, holding a bass clarinet



As leader/co-leader[edit]

With Almanac (Maupin, Mike Nock, Cecil McBee, Eddie Marshall)

As sideman[edit]

With John Beasley

With Marion Brown

With George Cables

With Mike Clark

  • Actual Proof (Platform Recordings, 2000)

With Miles Davis

With Chick Corea

With Jack DeJohnette

With Patrick Gleeson and Jim Lang

  • Jazz Criminal (Electronic Musical Industries, 2007)

With Herbie Hancock

With The Headhunters

With Eddie Henderson

With Andrew Hill

With Lee Morgan

With Darek Oleszkiewicz

With the Jimmy Owens-Kenny Barron Quintet

With Woody Shaw

With Horace Silver

With Lonnie Smith

With Jarosław Śmietana

  • A Story of Polish Jazz (JSR, 2004)

With McCoy Tyner

With Lenny White

  • Big City (Nemperor, 1977)

With Meat Beat Manifesto


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 1644/5. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  2. ^ "Bennie Maupin Biography, Songs, & Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Bennie Maupin discography". JazzLists. Retrieved March 7, 2022.