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Maceo PARKER – My First Name Is Maceo 2004 (AVI)

Posted in JAZZ, Maceo PARKER, MOVIES on December 5, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Maceo PARKER – My First Name Is Maceo 2004 (AVI)


In this documentary featuring exclusive interviews and footage, director Markus Gruber presents a thorough look at funk saxophonist Maceo Parker. As part of James Brown’s band, the skilled sax player often outshone the frontman, and when Brown became unfortunately incarcerated in the late 1980s, Maceo decided the time was right to form his own group. Featuring legends such as trombonist Fred Wesley and tenor saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, the group continues to produce the fluid, expressive music for which Maceo has become known. This program features footage from a 1994 tour, and showcases exclusive footage and interviews, including talks with Maceo’s brother and other musicians who have known him well.
Bruno Speight- Guitar
James “Son” Thomas- Drums
Fred Wesley- Trombone, Vocals
Jerry Preston- Bass
Pee Wee Ellis- Tenor Sax, Vocals
RebirthBrass Band, Guest Appearance
Maceo Parker- Alto Sax, Vocals
Will Boulware- Organ (Hammond)
01.Keep on Marching
02.Make It Funky
03.Gimme Some More
04.About Musical Language – Introducing Pee Wee Ellis & Kim Mayzelle
05.Wait a Minute! – Introducing George Clinton
06.C Jam Funk
07.Children’s World
08.Maceo Back at Home
09.New Orleans Street Life – Introducing the Rebirth Brass Band
10.Walking Home Together
11.Shake Everything You’ve Got
12.Give the Drummer Some (Introducing Melvin Parker)(Multimedia Track)
13.Funk Is About What You Don’t Play
14.Jamming With Pedro Abrunhosa in Portugal
15.Let’s Get It On
16.A Family Type of Things – Introducing Fred Wesley and Jabo Starks
17.House Party
18.Cold Sweat

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Maceo PARKER – Dial Maceo 2000

Posted in JAZZ, Maceo PARKER on December 2, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Maceo PARKER – Dial Maceo 2000


Principally recorded at Dan’s House Of Love, New York, New York in September 1999; Paisley Park Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Includes liner notes by Maceo Parker.

While James Brown spent most of the ’80s and ’90s dealing with the law, former JB Maceo Parker was busy preaching the funk gospel, tearing it up on the road and in the studio. On 2000’s DIAL MACEO, Parker puts together another solid collection of songs highlighted by his awe-inspiring sax chops. The former P-Funk-ateer’s musical range spans smooth R&B covers (Roberta Flack’s “Closer I Get to You”), brassy, Phish-like jaunts (“My Baby Loves You”), and even Brazilian-flavored cocktail music (“Latin Like”).

Parker’s prowess on flute, showcased on a scorching Isley Brothers cover (“I’ve Got Work to Do”) and on a sinewy soul-jazz original (“Simply Tooley”), are equally impressive. Longtime admirer Prince lends the flatly delivered hip-hop-flavored jam “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” (originally released on the Purple One’s RAVE UN2 THE JOY FANTASTIC) and “Baby Knows.” The latter, a nugget with a Revolution-era sound, features Sheryl Crow on harmonica. Parker’s son Corey joins forces with his father on “Black Widow,” adding a slow-rolling rap to a number accentuated by Maceo’s acid-jazz flute and a bed of dark, Goldie-like beats.

Dial:M-A-C-E-O, Parker is hotter than ever offering his signature sax sounds with contemporary arrangements. Moreover, dial:M-A-C-E-O features guest artists Ani DiFranco and James Taylor.
The artist universally known as Maceo meets the Artist Formerly Known as Prince on this new star-studded venture also featuring Ani DiFranco and Sheryl Crow. Mostly, it’s the stuff Maceo does best: mid- to uptempo funk grooves that test the alto saxophonist’s sharp, rhythmic approach and lift him miles above his imitators. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering his own very ascetically produced sound, Prince’s “Greatest Romance Ever Sold” isn’t the most successful moment on the album. His postmodern pop doesn’t suit Maceo’s gutsy, natural sound the way James Brown or Bootsy Collins could. Nor does the three-way partnership with Crow on the rock-style “Baby Knows” offer the saxophonist much of an opportunity to dig dirt. But “Simply Tooley”–a horn-heavy return to something like the P-Funk sound–and “Rabbits in the Pea Patch” are two of Maceo’s best tracks in years.
By Linton Chiswick.
First of all, Maceo Parker is a relatively unsung hero of funk. A lot of people can remember, “Hit me Maceo!”, but few completely grasp how pervasive his sound as a multidecade dealer of the Funk. Maceo’s work with Parliament as a member of the Horny Horns is a key contribution, and his work with the JBS, a spinoff of James Brown’s stuff is essential as well. As a solo artist, Maceo’s music is more relevant to what’s happening in funk then James Brown now that he’s lost his core collaborators and can’t dance as well.
Maceo’s solo work starts with seeing a live show! If you have a chance to spend $19 on this album or spend $60 bucks to see him live, see the man live!!! Maceo live is one of the greatest funk acts around. After you’ve seen a live show, you probably want to dig one of his solo albums, and “Life On Planet Groove” is definitely the place to start.

And now we’re left with Dial M A C E O. “Dial” is Maceo trying to move to the mainstream and broaden his appeal from overseas adulation and hard core funkateers in the states. The result is cleaner more produced horn sound, some smoother funk work and a laundry list of collaborations that don’t really work for me. This album to me is like a lesser version of “Funk Overload”, which I believe was the album immediately preceding it. You get some funk covers like the Isley’s “Work to Do”, one of my favorite tracks on the album. You get a novelty funk tune in “Rabbits in a Pea Patch.” And you get some smooth Maceo on flute, [not too much flute on Funk Overload, though]. The big change is the Prince covers and I agree with other reviewers; covering Prince stuff is not really Maceo’s bag or why I’m into Maceo. Likewise, it’s nice that he’s trying to bring his son along for the ride as a rapper, but Corey is not a viable solo artist as a rapper and the rhymes don’t really add much to the sound.

Personally, I’d give this one two and a half stars and recommend it only to Maceo completists. If you dig Maceo, “Life On Planet Groove” first, than the Roots series of albums if you want his jazzier side, “Funk Overload” if you want the more produced.

Last thing for Maceo fans; check out my other review of Fred Wesley’s memoirs “Hit Me Fred” for some perspective on post James Brown/post Parliament JB horns alums. I agree with Fred Wesley that the dissolving of the JB Horns and the resulting Maceo as pure solo artist has not been the best thing for the Funk.

Maceo’s still a badass, but he’s done a lot better work than this.
By SD.
Maceo Parker- (Vocals, Alto Sax, Flute, Piano);
Prince- (Vocals, Various Instruments);
Ani DiFranco- (Vocals, Guitar);
James Taylor, Corey Parker, “Sweet” Charles Sherrell- (Vocals);
Vincent Henry- (Tenor Sax);
Ron Tooley- (Trumpet, Flugelhorn);
Bennie Cowan- (Trumpet);
Greg Boyer- (Trombone);
Sheryl Crow- (Harmonica, Background Vocals);
Will Boulware- (Hammond Organ, Synthesizer);
Bruno Speight- (Guitar);
Rodney “Skeet” Curtis- (Bass);
Jamal Thomas, Michael Bland- (Drums);
Kevin Hupp- (Percussion);
Diann Sorrell, Audrey Martells, Corey Parker- (Background Vocals).
01.Dial MACEO 0:22
02.Rabbits In The Pea Patch 5:10
03.My Baby Loves You 3:21
04.I’ve Got Work To Do 4:02
05.Greatest Romance Ever Sold 5:38
06.Black Widow 4:56
07.Coin Toss 2:55
08.Simple Tooley 4:29
09.Latin Like 4:40
10.The Closer I Get To You 5:28
11.My Love 4:06
12.Homeboy 5:48

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Maceo PARKER – Made by Maceo 2003

Posted in JAZZ, Maceo PARKER on November 21, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Maceo PARKER – Made by Maceo  2003


If you’re still sitting down after the first few bars of the first cut there is definately something wrong with your latissable. Get thee to a doctor right away. In fact, let me recommend the Funk Doctor himself: MACEO PARKER. Every single track on this album is as good as the last. No duds here folks! I guarantee that if you buy this album a monster will have been created because once Maceo gets his hooks in you its gonna be all over. You’re gonna be jonesing for more and more and more. In fact Maceo might have to go into hiding because his music will make you want to camp on his doorstep waiting to see and hear what the big man is gonna do next. If you’re Planning a party, don’t even start without loading up on Maceo’s music!
By Chris Berry. Cd Baby.
As usual, the best way to listen to this latest Maceo Parker album is in a situation where you aren’t at all self conscious. where you can listen, dance like a goofball, and let stress drip like sand from your fingers. Made By Maceo reaches into the depths of funk and highlights the space between rules of genre. Maceo takes on an exploratory excursion from prescription and once again relieves what ails ya. Made by Maceo starts with sharp funk, the kind we all love and recognize – he invites us in (come by and see) and then describes the rules (off the hook) – but take notes, because now it’s learning time. Between bookends of pure funk, Made By Maceo is a syllabus. the lesson starts with a saxophone expanding across a spectrum of riff and range. I recognize riffs and then suddenly Maceo has found a new way to tantalize me with them. And that’s when i start dancing in my living room, the safest environment possible. From there is a unit on Jazz, and bending the ends of Jazz and funk to meet in a new circle. Made By Maceo is an inspiring installation in the career of a legend. The funk isn’t gone – Made By Maceo is dripping in it. A portrait of evolution. ….. I can picture Maceo playing “Moonlight in Vermont” and I feel like i’m eavesdropping. It is like learning from a sage. To ignore the importance of this album in the exploration of genre and possibility (and the overall history of funk and jazz) would be like filing a jane’s addiction album in folk. Made By Maceo is a review of funk, and a lesson in jazz nuance – interlaced with the fusion of both. listen straight through. Listen before you run an errand. Listen before or after whatever stops you from enjoying your day. Listen straight through if you’re just feeling good. It’s important because you’ll walk around town with the Lady Luck Reprise in your head. and Thank goodness, b/c without notes like that, the world weighs too darn much. Maceo Parker has the cure. Get this CD. Get funky in your living room. It’s really that simple.
By  Michelle.
Giorge Pettus- Vocals (Background)
Bruno Speight- Guitar
James “Son” Thomas- Drums
Ron Tooley- Trumpet
Carrie Harrington- Vocals (Background)
Corey Parker- Vocals
Maceo Parker- Percussion, Arranger, Vocals, Producer, Sax (Alto),
Will Boulware- Piano, Keyboards, Organ (Hammond)
Greg Boyer- Trombone, Horn Arrangements
Rodney Curtis- Bass
Cynthia Johnson- Vocals (Background)
Candy Dulfer- Horn, Sax (Alto), Soloist
Vincent Henry- Sax (Tenor)
01. Come By And See 4:27
02. Off The Hook 3:48
03. Hats Off To Harry 4:37
04. Quick Step 3:59
05. Those Girls 4:36
06. Moonlight In Vermont 3:57
07. Lady Luck 6:27
08. Don’t Say Goodnight 4:48
09. Once You Get Started 4:14
10. Those Girls (Instrumental) 4:52
11. Lady Luck (Reprise) 1:07

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Maceo PARKER – Roots Revisited 1990

Posted in JAZZ, Maceo PARKER on November 18, 2010 by whoisthemonk

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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