Roots & Grooves

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Say the name Maceo Parker, and immediately the legendary R&B saxman's longterm association with the late, great James Brown comes to mind. Depending on how steeped one is in R&B, Parker's later work with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins might pop up. But long before the Godfather of Soul entered the saxman's life, Parker was grooving heavily on Ray Charles, who became one of the influential musical heroes of his life. The first disc of Roots and Grooves gloriously celebrates Parker's connection to these roots, his early years in North Carolina listening to early Charles tracks on the radio. The second is something of a wildly jazzy, impossibly funky jam ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Say the name Maceo Parker, and immediately the legendary R&B saxman's longterm association with the late, great James Brown comes to mind. Depending on how steeped one is in R&B, Parker's later work with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins might pop up. But long before the Godfather of Soul entered the saxman's life, Parker was grooving heavily on Ray Charles, who became one of the influential musical heroes of his life. The first disc of Roots and Grooves gloriously celebrates Parker's connection to these roots, his early years in North Carolina listening to early Charles tracks on the radio. The second is something of a wildly jazzy, impossibly funky jam retrospective on his best solo tracks. The hook that makes this more than simply a high energy covers date is that it teams the brilliant altoist with Germany's renowned WDR Big Band -- and from the first swinging blasts behind Parker's horn on "Hallelujah I Love Her So," "big" is the operative word. Given Parker's sense of groove invention and the evergreen emotional power of Charles' chestnuts like "Busted" and "Hit the Road Jack," anyone might have expected this to be a dream match. But it's more than that because Parker also sings with a gravelly, Charles-like perfection on these two songs, and even more poignantly on "You Don't Know Me," "Margie," and a magically moody "Georgia on My Mind." Charles may have been declared deceased in body in 2004, but he lives again through Parker in haunting yet wonderful ways. On "Getting Back to Funk" the title of the second disc, Parker revisits his own rich catalog of classics, starting with "Uptown Up" and vibing right on through to a nearly 18-minute scorching take on "Pass the Peas." Released in early 2008, this double set was an instant classic. Charles was not the only genius who loved company -- Parker, too, has a blast working with one of the hippest big bands in the world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Heads Up
  • UPC: 053361313425
  • Catalog Number: 3134
  • Sales rank: 51,749

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hallelujah I Love Her So (6:38)
  2. 2 Busted (3:53)
  3. 3 Them That's Got (6:12)
  4. 4 You Don't Know Me (6:24)
  5. 5 Hit the Road Jack (5:09)
  6. 6 Margie (6:01)
  7. 7 Georgia on My Mind (6:17)
  8. 8 What'd I Say (9:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Uptown Up (5:57)
  2. 2 To Be or Not to Be (6:22)
  3. 3 Off the Hook (8:02)
  4. 4 Advanced Funk (7:10)
  5. 5 Shake Everything You Got (7:07)
  6. 6 Pass the Peas (17:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maceo Parker Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Dennis Chambers Drums
Michael Abene Conductor
Rodney Curtis Electric Bass
John Goldsby Acoustic Bass
Dave Horler Trombone
Koji Paul Shigihara Guitar
Rob Bruynen Trumpet
Andy Haderer Trumpet
Bernt Laukamp Trombone
Klaus Osterloh Trumpet
Olivier Peters Tenor Saxophone, EWI
Heiner Wiberny Alto Saxophone
Frank Chastenier Piano, Hammond Organ, Clavinet, fender rhodes
Wim Both Trumpet
Ludwig Nuss Trombone
Hans Dekker Drums
Karolina Strassmayer Alto Saxophone
Mattis Cederberg Bass Trombone
John Marshall Trumpet
Technical Credits
Eddy Arnold Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Maceo Parker Composer, Concept
Cindy Walker Composer
Michael Abene Arranger
Joachim Becker Producer, Concept
Con Conrad Composer
Dave Horler Arranger
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Reinhold Nickel Engineer
Knut Schotteldreier Cover Design
Natasha Maddison Management
Lucas Schmid Producer
Ricci Harper Composer
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