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Maceo Parker: Roots Revisited: Bremen Concert

Track List

>McGriff's Blues
>For the Elders
>Up & Down East Street
>Shake Everything You've Got
>Peace Fugue
>Everywhere Is Out of Town
>Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
>House Party
>People Get Ready/Them That Got
>Doing It to Death
>Soul Power 1990/Let Him Out/Shake Everything You've Got

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (4/5/91) - "...a soul-jazz album that allows Parker to stretch out melodically."

Down Beat - 4 Stars - Very Good

Stereo Review (3/91) - Performance "Finger-snappin' good" / Recording "Excellent" - "...retains all the nasty ingredients that make us snap our fingers and twist our bodies, but it dishes up the funk with a generous sprinkling of individual jazz expression."

Album Notes

Personnel: Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Rodney Jones (guitar); Pee Wee Ellis (tenor saxophone); Fred Wesley (trombone); Larry Goldings (organ); Bill Stewart (drums).

Liner Note Author: Philip Dodd.

Recording information: Modernes, Breman, Germany (11/07/1990).

Editor: Elmar Gillet.

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. ~ Scott Yanow


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