Soul Classics

Soul Classics

by Maceo Parker
     
 
Maceo Parker's brilliant legacy as the saxophonist in James Brown's '60s and '70s bands is never far from his musical thoughts -- and on this explosive, funked- and jazzed-up live set, he digs into those glory days with a bold, brassy, and pumped-up twist on "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (featuring Parker on vocals and sax) and a drum, bass, and improvisation-heavy

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Maceo Parker's brilliant legacy as the saxophonist in James Brown's '60s and '70s bands is never far from his musical thoughts -- and on this explosive, funked- and jazzed-up live set, he digs into those glory days with a bold, brassy, and pumped-up twist on "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (featuring Parker on vocals and sax) and a drum, bass, and improvisation-heavy romp through "Soul Power." These are the centerpiece tracks on a live concert recording of a high-energy November, 2011 show at the Leverkusener Jazz Festival in Leverkusener, Germany -- a set that backs Parker's own small group (bass great Christian McBride and drummer Core Coleman-Dunham) with the WDR Big Band, a Cologne-based 15-piece orchestra led by conductor/arranger Michael Abene. It's a reunion of sorts for the saxophonist and this dynamic ensemble, who worked together on the similarly dynamic 2008 set Roots & Grooves, a set of covers and originals dedicated to Parker's greatest musical influence, Ray Charles. The saxman's intent here is to cover a wider range of soul music that has influenced him and those of subsequent generations, and his choice of material and arrangements are stellar, fluid, and grooving to the point where toe tapping, singing, and dancing along is inevitable. Best among the choices are expansive spins through two irrepressible Stevie Wonder gems, "I Wish" (whose eight minutes allow for plenty of horn sizzle and a feisty drum solo) and the swinging, bluesy "Higher Ground." Parker pays homage to Aretha Franklin with a simmering, sizzling "Rock Steady," and cools his heels on covers of deep R&B tracks by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Isaac Hayes, and a smooth, jazzy stroll through Larry Graham's "One in a Million You." Parker adds to his own catalog as a composer on the final track, "Come by and See Me," a freewheeling jam that channels Brown's spirit perfectly. After nearly five decades in the spotlight, Parker was still looking forward -- and his audience couldn't get enough.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2012
Label:
Razor & Tie
UPC:
0793018336420
catalogNumber:
83364
Rank:
36672

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Performance Credits

Maceo Parker   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Michael Abene   Conductor
Johan Horlen   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Christian McBride   Bass
Rob Bruynen   Trumpet
Andy Haderer   Trumpet
Klaus Osterloh   Trumpet
Olivier Peters   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Heller   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Christophe Schweizer   Trombone
Frank Chastenier   Clavinet,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Wim Both   Trumpet
Jens Neufang   Clarinet,Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Ludwig Nuss   Trombone
Karolina Strassmayer   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Mattis Cederberg   Bass Trombone
Marshall Gilkes   Trombone
Cora Coleman Dunham   Drums
Paul Shigihara   Guitar
John Marshall   Trumpet

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Maceo Parker   Composer
Michael Abene   Arranger
Joachim Becker   Producer
Sam Dees   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Reinhold Nickel   Engineer
Knut Schotteldreier   Cover Design
Natasha Maddison   Management
Lucas Schmid   Executive Producer
Gretchen Hoffman Abene   Management
Christian Schmitt   Recording Producer

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