Recording has begun on a collection of the songs of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. You can make a tax-deductible donation via The Field, a New York nonprofit that is sponsoring this project, by clicking below.

Also, listen to the demo recording below and read this guest blog for Bebopified, which tells the story of Maud’s relationship with Richard.

Demo recording of Bennett and Franklin Underwood’s “Early To Bed”, written for Blossom Dearie.

Guitar: Kent Saunders; Bass: Keith Boyles; Drums: Mac Santiago; Saxophone: Dave Karr.

Producer: Steve Marko; Engineer: Steve Kaul. Recorded at Wild Sound Studio, Minneapolis, MN.