I found out today that drummer Billy Hart (pictured left), who was supposed to be part of Bennie Maupin's Trio performing Saturday May 1 at Wesleyan, will not be performing this weekend. His replacement is no stranger to Maupin's music. Michael Stephans (pictured below) appeared on the reed player's recording "Penumbra" (Cryptogramophone) and has also worked with Bob Brookmeyer, Bennie Maupin, Dave Liebman, Pharoah Sanders, the late Charlie Byrd and many others, will be manning the drum chair. Bassist Buster Williams is still on the bill for the 8 p.m. show.
Here's another tune from "Penumbra", this one featuring Maupin, Stephans, bassist Darek Oles and percussionist Munyungo Jackson (again courtesy of the record label and IODA Promonet.)
Neophilia 2006 (mp3)