Options ft. Bennie Maupin, Eric Revis & Nasheet Waits

Options ft. Bennie Maupin, Eric Revis & Nasheet Waits

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Three masters spanning two generations, OPTIONS features long-time collaborators Revis and Waits, best known for their work together in the acclaimed trio TARBABY with Orrin Evans. Here they are joined by legendary multireedist Bennie Maupin, whose roster of collaborators is a virtual who’s-who of 20th century jazz giants, including Herbie Hancock as a founding member of the Headhunters, and Miles Davis, appearing on Bitches Brew as well as three other Davis albums. OPTIONS fall 2019 West Coast tour mark the ensemble’s debut performances.

Bennie Maupin is best known for his atmospheric bass clarinet playing on Miles Davis’ classic “Bitches Brew” album, as well as other Miles Davis recordings such as, “Big Fun”, “Jack Johnson,” and “On the Corner.” He was a founding member of Herbie Hancock’s seminal band The Headhunters, as well as a performer and composer in Hancock’s influential Mwandishi band. Born in 1940, Maupin started playing clarinet, later adding saxophone, flute and, most notably, the bass clarinet to his formidable arsenal of woodwind instruments. Upon moving to New York in 1962, he performed with groups led by Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, and Chick Corea, and played regularly with Roy Haynes and Horace Silver. He also recorded with McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson, and Woody Shaw to name only a few. Maupin’s own discography as a leader includes a well-received recording for ECM Records, “The Jewel in The Lotus” (1974), “Slow Traffic to the Right” (1976),“Moonscapes” both on Mercury Records (1978), and “Driving While Black” on Intuition,(1998). Maupin’s approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment.

Whether fronting his own ensembles with colleagues such as Orrin Evans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nasheet Waits, Kris Davis, Andrew Cyrille, Darius Jones and Jason Moran, double bassist Eric Revis has established himself as one of the most innovative and in-demand bassists of his generation. Manning the bass chair with Branford Marsalis‘s powerfully flexible quartet since 1997, Revis has also recorded seven brilliant albums as a leader, the last five on the prestigious Portuguese label Clean Feed. In 2017 Revis was named Rising Star bassist by Downbeat magazine, and was also the subject of a full-length feature article in the same publication. Revis’s playing is personal and distinctive: his tone deep and woody, his execution, agile, melodic and clear. A musical polyglot, Revis is comfortable in any setting, any direction. His skills as a bandleader and composer are equally profound and inspiring.

Drummer Nasheet Waits, a New York native, was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits, as well as his mentor, Max Roach, to pursue his interest in the drums. Mr. Roach first gave Nasheet’s formidable talent international spotlight, hiring him as a member of the famed percussion ensemble M’BOOM. Nasheet’s talent came to the attention of reedman Antonio Hart, who asked Waits to originate the percussion chair of his first quintet. Most recently Nasheet has been a member of Andrew Hill’s various bands, Jason Moran’s Bandwagon, and Fred Hersch’s trio. Amidst his performing, recording and touring activity, Nasheet teaches privately, stressing a personal approach to the drums and music. True to his personal philosophy of balancing Tradition and Modernism, Waits collaborates and performs regularly with musical cohorts, contemporaries, and masters. Nasheet is dedicated to exploring his role and creative path in music.


Sep 10 2019


6:30 pm - 10:30 pm




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