Maceo PARKER – Roots Revisited 1990

Maceo PARKER – Roots Revisited 1990


For those interested in the lusher, more genteel side of Maceo Parker, Roots Revisited offers arrangements in the style of his other favorite bandleader, Ray Charles. Thus Parker and cohorts have a rare chance to stretch out to sturdy, rump rolling grooves. The music is warm and reassuring, yet the solos are fresh interpretations on familiar themes. That’s about as good as it gets when you dress up and funkify something as timeless as the blues and heavy-hearted ballads.
Parker earned his reputation among R&B insiders playing alto saxophone with James Brown off and on for twenty years, and almost no one figured the sideman deluxe would one day enjoy mainstream acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. This best-selling album produces pleasure with its funk-sauce and soul-stew grooves, but Parker is not low-down or burly enough to be the new King Curtis (as if that were possible), and his ‘soul” doesn’t run as deep as that O{ say, lesser- known saxophonists Hank Crawford, Arnold Sterling, or Houston Person. Replace Don Pullen’s Hammond organ with some studio hack’s electric piano and already marginal songs ‘Over the Rainbow” and ‘Children’s World” would be excruciatingly cloying.
By Frank John Hadley.
Altoist Maceo Parker has spent most of his career in R&B funk bands, most notably those led by James Brown, George Clinton, and Bootsy Collins. This CD gave him a chance to stretch out as a leader, and his soulful horn immediately brings to mind Hank Crawford and (to a lesser extent) Lou Donaldson. With a strong backup group that includes Pee Wee Ellis on tenor, trombonist Fred Wesley, and Don Pullen on organ, Parker enthusiastically plays over infectious grooves with just one funky departure (“In Time”). Roots Revisited is a throwback to the 1960s soul-jazz style and Maceo Parker gives one the impression that, if called upon, he could hold his own on a bebop date.
By Scott Yanow. AMG.
Maceo Parker- Alto Saxophone, piano, organ
Fred Wesley- Trombone
Alfred Pee Wee Ellis- Tenor Saxophone
Vince Henry- Alto saxophone
Don Pullen- Organ
Rodney Jones- Guitar
Bootsy Collins- Bass Guitar
Bill Stuart- Drums
Them That Got  3:59
Alto Sax- Vince Henry
Written By- Ray Charles
Children’s World  10:50
Written By- Maceo Parker
Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul  5:45
Written By- Charles Mingus
People Get Ready  5:57
Written By- Curtis Mayfield
Up And Down East Street  8:16
Written By- Maceo Parker
Over The Rainbow  4:16
Written By- Harold Arlen
Jumpin’ The Blues  6:20
Written By- Charlie Parker
In Time  5:30
Bass, Guitar- Bootsy Collins
Organ, Piano- Maceo Parker
Written By- Sly Stone

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2 Responses to “Maceo PARKER – Roots Revisited 1990”

  1. Don Pullen alongside Bootsy Collins? Wow, I must take it
    Thanks themonk

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