I had no idea that he had such a prolific career and played with so many artists!! Ventura, Gibbs and Kenton to name a few?? When I was listening to Frank Zappa' "Hot Rats" and "Chungas Revenge" many many years ago I did not realize that he was playing bass on so many of the tunes on both those albums! Just last night I revisited the tune, Lemme Take You To The Beach from FZ, Studio Tan. I was listening and thinking...WOW, that bass player is smokin'!! So I look it up online and who do I find? None other than Max Bennett??!! I'm a late bloomer on Max but have been hearing him all these years. So, thank you Max, for all your many years of wonderful music!
I never met Mr Bennett but his music influenced my bass playing. A fine musician.
I’ll miss those times on the boat in Dana Point and over at Ron’s and touring around in your Jenson. I tell every bass player I’ve ever played with about the three words you once told me. “Bass means low” -that really resonated with me. Goodbye Max, you will be missed
It was a great privilege and honor to bring together The Alley House Band for Max' return home celebration in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Max and I had spoken over the phone many times and I finally had the opportunity to speak with him in person. Not only that, but he then joined our band and we were humbled to perform Fever, with Ann Brouwer on vocals. Max, I will miss our phone conversations. The musical history you left behind will never be matched. May God bless you with eternal joy. And may God bless Teri and family as well.
Hey Adam and or Teri, I just read in the union mag about Max. I lost my dad this year too. I guess that's two dads, in a way. Max was my greatest teacher and mentor. He went out of his way to try and meet up with me when he was in my area. He was a good friend. I really loved him, and I am very sorry for your loss. Feel free to contact me any time to catch up, if you read this. All my best, Larry Seymour
I've lost a dear friend, brother and mentor since 1974.One of God's most gifted creations has returned home.He's truly inspired me since 1974 when I first heard The LA Express then later Private Reserve and all his session work on other artists in between.I managed a Resort in Cambria,playing in local clubs on the weekend. Occasionally we would talk on the phone about Jazz Fusion or as Max put it, "Cool Whip Jazz." When my wife, passed away suddenly in 2013, he called to express his condolences. Max has been my greatest musical influence. All that I am as a musician I attribute to his mega talent and genuine selfless Spirit. Max's gift to us is so much bigger than life. His memory remains in our hearts. Thank you Max for your music and presence in our lives. If God has a Private Reserve of his best work and favorite creations, Max Bennett is certainly there! G
So sorry to hear of Max's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with him in Oskaloosa. One cool dude!
I was very sorry to read of Max’s passing a few minutes ago (23/9/18). I have been reading the book ‘Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell’ 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, I’m sure it was a brilliant musical life. RIP
Today on the my Thursday noon jazz show KUNM will be playing an hour-long set of Max music
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