Detroit's bass clarinetist, saxophonist and flutist Bennie Maupin crafted the dreamy The Jewel in the Lotus (march 1974) that featured Herbie Hancock on keyboards and a four-piece rhythm section, one of the most sophisticated achievements of atmospheric fusion.
Slow Traffic to the Right (Mercury, 1977) and Moonscapes (Mercury, 1978) followed.
After a long hiatus, Maupin collaborated with Patrick Gleeson on Driving While Black (Intuition, 1998) and formed the Bernie Maupin Quartet that released Penumbra (june 2003) and Early Reflections (september 2007).
The five-movement 40-minute
Symphonic Tone Poem For Brother Yusef (december 2021)
was composed by Adam Rudolph
to mark the Yusef Lateef’s 100th birthday.
keyboards, drum machine, slit drum, glockenspiel, voice, thumb piano, marimbula, gong, bells, overtone voice, percussion, while
Maupin plays bass clarinet, soprano sax, voice, alto and concert flutes.