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162 entries.
Christine wrote on October 9, 2016 at 5:45 am:
So nice to meet you last night at the Cellar in San Clemente - your a fascinating man !!
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Thank you very much!! m
Dave Whitton wrote on July 28, 2016 at 8:36 am:
Max. This is just a note to say how much I enjoy your playing on the "Hissing of Summer Lawns" recording. It was inspirational playing that back in the 70's set the bench mark for my own aspirations as a player about as high as it could get. Not a note more than necessary and absolute perfect taste in every phrase. Magnificent work. Thank you for the many years of listening enjoyment. Dave
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Hi Dave, Many thanks for your kind words. You nailed it for me. I have always been a rhythm player and an accompanist. I believe that has always been my true role as a bass player. That's where I get my kicks!! All the best to you!!! m
Jeff Huston wrote on February 28, 2016 at 2:45 am:
Hello Max, Curious if you might remember my father, Don Huston, from your time at the University of Iowa? He mentioned a few times over the years of having some acquaintance with you at UI, often prompted by a Kenton album playing in the background! Today, I've been prompted by a Joni Mitchell album you're credited on, to try and connect. I've frequently noticed your name on assorted LPs and congratulate you on a wonderful and impressive career in music. Dad passed in 2002. Any clarity you might be able to provide on the UI relationship would be appreciated. Thanks, Jeff Huston
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Hi Jeff, Sorry that I don't remember your Dad.Also, It's been quite a while since I was in Osky. Many thanks for your compliments.I think of my home town often and maybe I'll get back there again sometime. All the best to you!!! m
Bill Lamberson wrote on December 24, 2015 at 7:03 am:
Hi Max, I hope you are doing great! Have a wonderful Christmas and the best New Year ever. -Bill
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Hi Bill, Great to hear from you. Hope all is well with you & yours. Have a very cool yule!!! All the best!!
John McArdle wrote on October 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm:
Max: In the fall of 1976 you were kind enough to give me bass instruction at your house in Burbank after I traveled from Maine to California and called you every day for about a month while you were recording an LA Express record and soon to be touring with Joni Mitchell. You were very insightful in your teaching and very kind to me. You told me that I "had it" and to keep playing something until it feels good. The brief time that I got to spend with you and your encouragement fueled me for many years both in and outside of music. God bless you.
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Hi John, Many thanks for the kudos! I hope all is well with you.That was a long time ago, but I remember!! All the best!! m
Don wrote on August 23, 2015 at 12:07 am:
Max, I too was heavily influenced by your bass groove & John Guerin's drum groove. What an education for any musician to watch & hear you two playing. So sad that he passed away. I enjoyed the shows at the Baked Potato & the Roxy. One time when me and my wife were in San Diego @ Humphreys we got to see you play with your band. I called you about two years ago and you were nice enough to talk on the phone with me for about 30-45 minutes. You & John were/are two of my heroes. Don
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Hi Don, Good of you to stay in touch! All is well. I live in San Clemente. Still playing quite a bit. Many thanks for the kudos!!!!!!!!!!!!!! m
alex wrote on August 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm:
Hello Max, Thanks for all the great music through the years
Bill Lamberson wrote on August 7, 2015 at 1:25 am:
Hi Max, I'm not sure how I stumbled on your website, but here I am. I'm from Oskaloosa and have loved your playing since first hearing you on Hat Rats. Bill
Lauri Bennett Owens wrote on June 21, 2015 at 11:40 pm:
Hi Uncle Max, Happy Father's Day. I was just talking about you with a friend who is in a band. I loved going to a recording session with you when I was in high school. It was very special to me and you know that I have, also, always loved horses. We are all doing very well. Karen's oldest daughter, Berkley, just got married and Jeff's youngest just graduated from high school and is in China learning Mandarin. My son Mitchell is trying to be a commercial fisherman. I am sure that Mary and Dad are smiling down on you. Much, much love. I hope that you are well and happy! Lauri
Spat wrote on May 30, 2015 at 11:22 am:
Just ran across Max Bennett for the first time, so to speak. With so many high accolades behind your past performances and staying true to today's groove, I'll be a forever fan. With the utmost respect, keep on keepin' on!
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Thanks,Spat. I'll keep on "keepin'on. All the best to ya!! m