Max Bennett's Work With Frank Zappa

Enthusiasts and fans of modern jazz require no introduction to Max Bennett. An internationally recognized bassist and composer, the scope of his experience spans from live performance touring, recording and producing to composing music for feature films and television.

Max Bennett with Peggy Lee

His first professional gig was with Herbie Fields in 1949, and after this he played with Georgie Auld, Terry Gibbs, and Charlie Ventura. Before moving to Los Angelesand he played with Stan Kenton . In L.A. he played consistently at the Lighthouse Cafe with his own ensemble, and played behind such vocalists as Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez through the 1970s. He additionally recorded with Miles Davis, Charlie Mariano, Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, Bill Holman, Stan Levey, Lou Levy, Coleman Hawkins and Jack Montrose...Bennett created under his own name from the late 1950s, and did substantial work as a composer and studio musician besides jazz playing. He played bass on many records by The Monkees and The Partridge Family, and was one of the artists Frank Zappa used for the Hot Rats project.He also played on later Zappa albums such as Chunga's Revenge, Studio Tan, The Lost Episodes, L├Ąther and  Quaudiophiliac. His studio work also included bass on the Lalo Schifrin soundtrack to the 1969 film Bullitt as well as Greatest Science Fiction Hits Volumes 1-3 with Neil Norman & His Cosmic Orchestra.

His many years of working in the studios caused participating in on 17 Grammy victory albums and have given him the chance to working out his affinity for jazz, blues, rock and Latin music and to mix those components into his music. He developed a new concept of jazz in the world-renowned L.A. Express which included Joe Sample, Larry Carlton and John Guerin, under the authority of Tom Scott. Max then created his own group "Freeway" and currently heads his newest group "Private Reserve".

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