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Ian Hepplewhite from Llanbedr-Dyffryn-Clwyd, Wales, UK wrote on September 23, 2018 at 2:05 am:
I was very sorry to read of Maxโ€™s passing a few minutes ago (23/9/18). I have been reading the book โ€˜Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchellโ€™ and came across details about Max playing with Joni and decided to look him up! I have just looked at the incredible range of people Max recorded with - what a career! Well done Max, Iโ€™m sure it was a brilliant musical life. RIP
Mark Weber from Albuquerque wrote on September 20, 2018 at 6:49 am:
Today on the my Thursday noon jazz show KUNM will be playing an hour-long set of Max music
Steve Turner from Cedar Falls wrote on September 19, 2018 at 7:35 pm:
I had never heard of Max until I got in a band with my now good friend, Pete Barnes Sunstrum from...Oskaloosa. Max had invited Pete to go see him play with Joni Mitchell and returning back to Iowa, brought me a great letter from Joni to me, one of her biggest fans. Well, needless to say, I paid attention to Max's playing after that and have kept up for all these years. I regret that I never had the chance to meet him and thank him for all the great music he brought into my life. Thanks Max
Brian J Cunningham from Vero Beach wrote on September 19, 2018 at 7:34 am:
..Condolences to Teri and the entire Bennett family. I always looked forward to spending time with Max, whether it be on stage or just for the hang, listening to him tell the best stories. One funny, classy dude....It was as much of an honor to learn from him as it was to play with him. You will be missed by many but yours was certainly a life well lived....
Linda Cessna from Tustin wrote on September 18, 2018 at 7:44 pm:
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to dear Teri, whom I came to know fondly through my lessons with Max. And for Max, there aren't enough words to express how you will be missed. Your music amazed and inspired me, as my teacher your encouragement and enthusiasm transformed me, and as a cherished friend, I hold you forever in my memory with much love and affection.
Geoff Bennett from Pompano Beach wrote on September 18, 2018 at 7:11 am:
I was back home in Oskaloosa for a visit when I heard the news. My condolences to the family and especially cousin Adam. Thankful Uncle Max led a full life before passing over. He will be missed.
Ann Thorp Brouwer from Oskaloosa, Iowa wrote on September 18, 2018 at 6:26 am:
We were so saddened to learn of the passing of our Hometown Hero, Max Bennett. Our family and friends were privileged to get to spend time with Max and his beloved wife, Teri, when our town hosted an event is Max' honor in our community's newly dedicated community project "The Alley". (Oct. 2016) Max is a recipient of the Oskaloosa Alley's "Legacy of Excellence" award and community members and visitors can read a short bio. of Max' many accomplishments in the world of music in The Alley. We loved spending time with Max and Teri and hearing the stories of Max' amazing career. We will never forget how kind, humble, and appreciative he was of our small Iowa hometown award! We are so proud of Max here in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His memory lives on in "The Alley" and in our hearts....
Robert Marcus from Ocala wrote on September 17, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
One more thing. I wrote to Max a long while back stating with absolute certainty his playing on "Street Life" was the most perfect bass playing in all of recorded history. I mean perfect! It swung so hard! He was BOLD! He played understated but with the force of a freight train! His nuance is to die for. The most marvelous nuanced player in electric bass history bar none. I spent my entire life figuring that out. Best I can do is approximate. To date he set that goal and I hope for so many others for generations and generations to come! Love you, Max Bennett!
Robert Marcus from Ocala wrote on September 17, 2018 at 1:05 pm:
Who was Max Bennett to me? Where do I begin. At 17 years old I heard the LP "Hot Rats." I studied that record, that rhythm section until I wore it out. I learned how to play bass from listening to Max. And I ain't even close. I had the pleasure of some e-mail conversations with Max. He was gracious enough to listen to some tracks from a project I was involved with. You know you're doing something right when Max gives his approval. His spirit was as American as it gets, as strong, musical, humorous, commanding and utterly certain with every single note. A musical monster who was self taught! Max Bennett, you enriched my life more than I can ever state. God has a special place for you for the love and joy you gave all of us your entire life.
Ray Baragary from Battle Ground wrote on September 17, 2018 at 8:43 am:
I am so sorry to hear of Max's passing. I took lessons from Max and learned a great deal. He would call me and ask if I wanted to go with him to his sessions and I would ride with him and attend his session. What an experience. He was a generous and thoughtfull guy. We are both from Iowa and, although I have not seen him much since I moved to the NW, I am sad that the opportunity to see him again has passed.