Max Bennett

Max Bennett

born on 24/5/1928 in Des Moines, IA, United States

died on 14/9/2018 in San Clemente, CA, United States

Max Bennett (musician)

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Max Bennett (musician)

Max Bennett (born May 24, 1928) is an American jazz bassist and session musician.

Bennett grew up in Kansas City and Oskaloosa, Iowa, and went to college in Iowa. His first professional gig was with Herbie Fields in 1949, and following this he played with Georgie Auld, Terry Gibbs, and Charlie Ventura. He served in the Army during the Korean War from 195153, and then played with Stan Kenton before moving to Los Angeles. There he played regularly 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.[1] He also recorded with Charlie Mariano, Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, Bill Holman, Stan Levey, Lou Levy, Coleman Hawkins and Jack Montrose.

Bennett recorded under his own name from the late 1950s, and did extensive work as a composer and studio musician in addition to jazz playing. He played bass on many records by The Monkees and The Partridge Family, and was one of the musicians Frank Zappa used for the Hot Rats project.[1] He also played on later Zappa albums such as Chunga's Revenge. 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.

Bennett continued with his own band, L.A. Express, which included Joe Sample, Larry Carlton and John Guerin, under the leadership of Tom Scott. After this band, Bennett formed his own group Freeway, and currently heads his most recent band, Private Reserve.[2]


As leader

  • Max Bennett Quintet (Bethlehem Records, 1955)
  • Max Bennett Sextet (Bethlehem, 1956)
  • Max Bennett Septet, Quartet & Trio (Bethlehem, 1956)
  • Max Bennett with Charlie Mariano (Bethlehem)
  • Interchange (Palo Alto Records, 1987) U.S. Top Contemporary Jazz #13[3]
  • The Drifter (1987) U.S. Top Contemporary Jazz #21[3]
  • Images (TBA Records, 1989)
  • Great Expectations (Chase Music, 1993)
  • Max Is the Factor (Fresh Sound, 2006)

As sideman

  • Marvin Gaye
  • Barbra Streisand (Stoney End)
  • Anthony Newly
  • Paul Anka
  • Elvis Presley
  • Shawn Phillips
  • Four Tops
  • Nelson Riddle
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Frank Sinatra,Jr
  • Frank Zappa (5 Albums )
  • Ray Charles
  • Cleo Laine (Porgy & Bess)
  • The Night Blooming Jazzmen
  • Seals & Croft
  • Joe Williams
  • Ella Fitzgerald (Live from Rome, etc.)
  • Michel Colombier
  • Quincy Jones
  • Billy Eckstine
  • Kenny Rogers
  • The Beach Boys
  • Carole King
  • Paul Williams
  • The Fifth Dimension
  • First Edition
  • Steely Dan (Aja)
  • Phil Spector
  • Joan Baez
  • The Temptations
  • Joni Mitchell (Court and Spark, Miles of Aisles, Hissing of Summer Lawns, Hejira)
  • The Crusaders (Scratch, etc.)
  • Tom Scott & The L.A. Express
  • L.A. Express
  • Victor Feldman
  • O.C. Smith
  • Judy Collins
  • Michael Franks
  • John Williams
  • Henry Mancini
  • Lalo Shifrin
  • Charley Fox
  • Artie Butler
  • Ralph Carmichael
  • Jack Nietche
  • Percy Faith
  • H.B. Barnum - Motown
  • Peggy Lee
  • Stan Kenton
  • Sauter-Finegan
  • Terry Gibbs
  • Celine Dion
  • Jose Inglesies
  • Bill Holman
  • Grass Roots
  • David Foster
  • Michael Mcdonald
  • Jose Feliciano
  • Friends Of Distinction
  • Jimmy Rowles
  • George Harrison (Dark Horse)

With Howard Roberts

  • Antelope Freeway (Impulse!, 1971)

With Lalo Schifrin

  • There's a Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On (Dot, 1968)
  • Mannix (Paramount, 1968)
  • Bullitt (soundtrack) (Warner Bros., 1968)
  • Rock Requiem (Verve, 1971)
  • Enter the Dragon (soundtrack) (Warner Bros., 1973)

With Gábor Szabó and Bob Thiele

  • Light My Fire (Impulse!, 1967)

Tv, Film, & Motion Picture Soundtracks Written By:

  • Michele Legrande
  • Nelson Riddle
  • Michele Columbie
  • Quincy Jones
  • Tom Scott
  • John Williams
  • Henry Mancini
  • Lalo Schifrin
  • Johnny Mandel
  • Charlie Fox
  • Artie Butler
  • Billy Byers
  • Elmer Bernstien
  • Michael Melvoin


  1. 1.0 1.1 [Max Bennett (musician) at All Music Guide Max Bennett] at Allmusic
  2. Max Bennett. (2011). Retrieved on 23 July 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 [Max Bennett (musician) at All Music Guide Billboard],
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