Max Bennett

Max Bennett Quintet

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The eight songs on this 10" LP from Bethlehem have been reissued both on 12" LP and (by Fresh Sound) on CD. Bassist Max Bennett, who later in life played with pop/fusion bands in Los Angeles, started out his career as a bebop-oriented straight-ahead bassist in the Los Angeles area. He led three albums for Bethlehem, of which this was his first. Bennett heads a quintet full of notable West Coasters: trombonist Frank Rosolino, altoist Charlie Mariano, pianist Claude Williamson, and drummer Stan Levey. The eight songs (which include two Helen Carr vocals) consist of five swing originals (including "They Say," "Jeepers Creepers," and "Sweet Georgia Brown"), Tiny Kahn's "T.K." and two Rosolino tunes. "Just Max" features the bassist/leader, but otherwise Mariano and Rosolino are the main soloists. Excellent cool-toned bop.

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