Sunday, February 6, 2011

Maceo Parker - Roots Revisited

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

Artist: Maceo Parker
Album: Roots Revisited
Year: 1990
Label: Verve
Runtime: 50:52

Tracks:
1.  Them That Got (Ray Charles) 3:59
2.  Children's World (Maceo Parker) 10:50
3.  Better Get Hit In Yo' Soul (Charles Mingus) 5:45
4.  People Get Ready (Curtis Mayfield) 5:57
5.  Up And Down East Street (For Ulysee Hardy) (Maceo Parker) 8:16
6.  Over The Rainbow (Harold Arlen) 4:16
7.  Jumpin' The Blues (Jay McShann/Charlie Parker) 6:20
8.  In Time (Sly Stone) 5:29

Personnel:
Maceo Parker (Alto Saxophone, Piano, Organ)
Fred Wesley (Trombone)
Pee Wee Ellis (Tenor Saxophone)
Vince Henry (Alto Saxophone) - 1
Don Pullen (Organ) - 1-7
Rodney Jones (Guitar)
Bill Stewart (Drums)
Bootsy Collins (Bass Guitar, Guitar) - 8

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