Commentary: 8.5.17

What is music for?

Vinyl collection

Below is an excerpt from a very deep interview with Bennie Maupin.

It is a conversation with someone who was living and playing music at a high level during the middle 1950s forward. His perspective is valuable to any of us who were not alive and working during those times.

The entire program is found on and I first came upon it shortly after it was published November 12, 2008.

A primary point of posting this month’s commentary and centering the content around the conversation between Mr. Maupin and Mr. Ratliff is to amplify the importance of contemporary historical context to jazz artistry now.

Mr. Maupin states that we are all supposed to put our own layer on the music. Cool.

Mr. Maupin is worth getting to know, or revisiting if you already are aware of him.

The Future of Jazz

Video Caption: Jazz musician and composer Bennie Maupin discusses how emerging technologies may help usher in a new era of innovative jazz music. In his book, New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff listens to music with jazz greats. Here he talks with an exceptional musician, not in the book: L.A. -based saxophonist Maupin, famous for his role in Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and for his own critically acclaimed albums – Los Angeles Public Library

Early Reflections

About Early Reflections by Bennie Maupin: Woodwind legend Bennie Maupin, best known for his work with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver, The Headhunters, and many others, follows his highly acclaimed 2006 CD Penumbra, with Early Reflections, a beautiful recording of Maupin s European quartet featuring pianist Michal Tokaj (Tomasz Stanko), and guest vocalist Hania Rybka. Early Reflections features a brilliant new version of Maupin’s classic composition, The Jewel in the Lotus.