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Bennie Maupin

This shot of multi-instrumentalist reed player and composer Bennie Maupin was taken at his superb gig at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. He leads a great band, creates original music and comes across as a warm friendly person who engages with his audience.

This was my favourite jazz gig of recent times - I heard earlier today that his 1970's ECM album 'Jewel in the Lotus' is due for issue on CD this year - I can't wait...

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Taken on May 27, 2007