Bennie Maupin: Ensenada
Bennie Maupin (reeds, voice, glockenspiel)
The Jewel in the Lotus (ECM B0009927-02)
Bennie Maupin (reeds, voice, glockenspiel), Herbie Hancock (piano, electric piano), Buster Williams (bass), Freddie Waits (drums, marimba (on left channel)), Billy Hart (drums (on right channel)), Bill Summers (percussion).
Recorded: March 1974
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
For some reason, the idea of a “tone poem” has always bothered me. It seemed like one of those pretentious, reviewer phrases only used to describe formless music. Now, I've got to take it all back as that description is perfect for Bennie Maupin's “Ensenada” (from the recently reissued, long out-of-print The Jewel in the Lotus). A theme slowly unfolds via Maupin's flute, and progression is marked by the subtle fan-out of percussion, marimba, glockenspiel and piano. Of course there's plenty of form here, so I was wrong about that too.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski