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Bennie Maupin – The Jewel In The Lotus

Bennie Maupin
The Jewel In The Lotus
Style: Fusion, Jazz
Label: ECM
Catalog Number: ECM -1-1043
Released: 1974, 70's
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One of our favorite ECM records, The Jewel In The Lotus is the debut solo album from master bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin. Though not a household name, Maupin has cemented his place in jazz history through his work on a number of seminal fusion records including Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi and Headhunters. Hancock appears on this album as well as a few other Mwandishi members, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Billy Hart. Maupin, Williams, and Hancock were all heavily influenced by eastern teachings, Buddhism in particular, during the recording of this album. The title is actually a translation of the Buddhist chant “Om Mani Padme Hum” which centers on the journey and transformation of the lotus flower. Naturally, there’s an overwhelming sense of beauty captured in these tracks… so much so that even a non-spiritual person will be able to understand the message!

– Phil Cho

Recommended – A1 Ensenada, A4 Past + Present = Future, Full Listen

Tags: Avant-Garde / ECM / Home Listening / Meditative / Mwandishi
Tracklist:

A1 Ensenada
A2 Mappo
A3 Excursion
A4 Past + Present = Future
B1 The Jewel In The Lotus
B2 Winds Of Change
B3 Song For Tracie Dixon Summers
B4 Past Is Past

Credits:

Bass – Buster Williams
Design [Cover] – Betye Saar
Drums – Billy Hart
Drums, Marimba – Frederick Waits*
Engineer [Mix] – Jan Erik Kongshaug
Engineer [Recording] – Dennis Ferrante
Percussion – Bill Summers
Photography By [Cover] – James Lott (2)
Piano, Electric Piano – Herbie Hancock
Producer – Manfred Eicher
Reeds, Voice, Glockenspiel, Composed By – Bennie Maupin

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